Movie Review: The Force is Strong With “The Last Jedi”

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Movie Review: The Force is Strong With “The Last Jedi”

Isabella Milone, Contributor

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Movie Review: The Force is Strong With “The Last Jedi”

The newest movie in the Star Wars franchise came out officially Friday, December 15. Directed by Rian Johnson, it is the eighth movie of the Star Wars series, if you count the prequels. “The Last Jedi” continues the story of Rey and the Alliance fighting the First Order.

“The Last Jedi” is a fast paced, exhilarating movie that combines the new and old characters and creatures, and features similar plot lines to the previous films. In “The Empire Strikes Back”, viewers find out who Luke Skywalker’s father is. “The Last Jedi” toys with the question of who Rey’s parents are. This question was brought up in the previous film, “The Force Awakens.” “The Last Jedi” never reveals a clear cut answer, but instead dances around the truth in more than one scene which frustrates many fans, myself included.

Many old characters make appearances in the film, such as Luke Skywalker, who was seen at the very last minute in “The Force Awakens”, leaving the movie with a cliffhanger. I will not mention any other characters, in efforts to not spoil the movie. “The Last Jedi” is a bit choppy, jumping from storylines frequently. I can really see the difference from the other Star Wars movies now that Disney has taken over, such as adding more humor and weird creatures. For example, the Porgs are furry penguin like birds that act as a nuisance mostly to Chewbacca. Though some scenes were genuinely funny, I really felt like it took away from the film.

One character I could not stand is Rose Tico. Rose was a new character that was introduced to Finn at the beginning of the movie as a pipes engineer. Throughout the movie, it seemed that Rose was created just as an ex machina and a love interest for Finn. Rose switches jobs from a pipes engineer to a fighter pilot in the movie, which was irritating. She was an unneeded, forced character, and frankly, I don’t think that Star Wars needs to be centered around love interests.

Other than these flaws, I truly enjoyed “The Last Jedi.” The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat most of the movie. Rey and Kylo Ren have constant conflict between the light and the dark side, as well as between each other. New Force powers are introduced, as is new technology and planets. Each character gets a fair time in the spotlight, and so do the storylines. The movie switches scenes and storylines just when the previous one gets exciting so the viewers are hyped for the next scenes.

 

Rating:

Four and a half stars out of five