At this point, it’s likely that more than half of your friends have already seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And with good reason – it’s a great movie that everyone should watch.
If you haven’t seen it yet, I am obligated to warn you that this article contains spoilers. That said, if you’re the type who doesn’t mind spoilers, rest your weary head and read on.
The thing about a good Star Wars movie is the characters.
To recap: Where we last left off, Rey had gone to Luke Skywalker in order to learn the ways of the Jedi. She sought out the legend to figure out her part is in this whole conundrum. While she was off with Chewbacca, General Leia (played by the late great Carrie Fisher) had to face off with the First Order, who had discovered their Resistance base. This is where the story begins.
The original Force Awakens cast returns, and Finn and Poe are joined with new fan favorite Rose, with her undying aura of She Makes Every Scene with Her in it So Pure. On the other side, our favorite tantrum-throwing arch nemesis Kylo Ren is also joined by his sidekick General Hux (AKA Mr. Pasty) and their supreme leader ‘What would happen if Voldemort was in Space?’’ Snoke.
In The Last Jedi, the characters appear more fleshed out, and the effect of this is the story becomes more about them. The people of the Resistance wants to fight but at what cost? Their only salvation has only ever come from Leia. With her husband dead and her son lost, Leia places her hope on her twin brother Luke, who at this point wants nothing to do with the Jedi Order or fighting.
Kylo remains conflicted towards the light and dark sides: in The Force Awakens, it became apparent that he is a haunted man. In this installment, Snoke feeds off of the agony and prepares the way for Kylo’s rise to full power. Conflict expands between allies, both in the First Order and the Resistance. This sets a meaty face-off for a battle in which neither party is ever entirely united.
The movie in its entirety is filled with risks — something that big franchise films are not known for.
With a lot of money banking on blockbuster films, producers often elect to not risk giving over creative freedom; much less stray from tried and tested formulas. That’s why sequels sometimes suck.
But with risk comes reward – and some of those risks, like the choices in story development, rattled the very foundation that Star Wars was built upon. The whole time it left me at the edge of my seat. It’s refreshing and shocking at the same time, but of course like Alderaan, fans went up in FLAMES.
The bold plot choice left a good portion of long time fans enraged, to say the least. The delivery of these changes was surprising, but it wasn’t all that bad. Even if we were left with numerous plot holes and what felt like unnecessary scenes, the movie still tried to do its job to entertain.
Rather than drag it for doing something that wavers from its original formula, I applaud it and give it the respect any art form deserves.
Several moments in the film left more questions than answers, whereas others came off a bit forced (mind the pun). There was also one scene near the end, that people seem to highly disagree with. For me, however it could have been worse.
I am a big fan of all things pop culture, and geek culture was built upon films like Star Wars. I personally welcome these changes with open arms. Star Wars defined a generation: it’s revolutionary in its use of special effects, and its cultural impact. The movie has its flaws, and but it doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. The story was written well, even if some people would take issue with the development of some characters. But love it or hate it, I think we can all agree that we’re all nerds watching a story of a family with more entertaining drama than the Kardashians.
Watching The Last Jedi is so worth it.
The movie hit the ground running with a strong opening weekend, and has left fans wanting more. It did its job to reel us in. Now it’s time to wait another agonizing 1-2 years for the next movie to hit the screens. (ED’s note: Young Solo hits the theaters in 5 months, but jury’s still out on the hype of that one.)
I have always been a fan of Star Wars, binge watching it whenever I felt like the universe was crumbling down on me. It gave me hope for a brighter day. Granted, The Last Jedi may not be the best Star Wars movie. It should be clear though: this is a brand new trilogy and changes are coming.
Just as the rebels are the spark that will light the fire of rebellion, I hope this movie will be the spark to light the fire of one’s love for Star Wars.
Also, Porgs were the MVP.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out now. Grab a ticket, some popcorn and feel free to share your theories.