Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Critic Consensus: Star Wars: The Last Jedi honors the saga's rich legacy while adding some surprising twists -- and delivering all the emotion-rich action fans could hope for.
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What's most interesting to me about The Last Jedi is Luke's return as the mentor rather than the student, grappling with his failure in this new role, and later aspiring to be the wise and patient teacher.
Fanatics will love it; for the rest of us, it's a tolerably good time.
When the salt settles, we are left with neither triumph nor tragedy; instead, it's one more chapter in the continuing saga, punctuated by a few moments of genuine awe.
In a world bursting with flashy popcorn movies, there's still nothing quite like a "Star Wars" flick.
The Last Jedi probably does the best job of any Star Wars film of capturing the allure of the Dark Side and the spiritual turmoil that would lead to-and also result from-its embrace.
Audience Reviews for Star Wars: The Last Jedi
All in all The Last Jedi is another triumph for the franchise, but one can't help but wonder if it could have been written neater to seem less like 3-4 episodes of a TV show and more like an actual movie. For a film that runs so incredibly long it sure as hell doesn't address quite a few plotholes either. We still have no idea who, how or where Snoke came to be or who the alleged "Knights of Ren" are that Kylo took with him in his rebel against Luke. It also has time to create new plotholes like how did Rei suddenly become so adept with a Lightsaber when Luke literally taught her no combat skills or why is Finn still considered a main character? It fails as a sequel in the sense where it races to tell us more before resolving questions inspired from it's predecessor. This isn't to say The Last Jedi is 152 minute failure though, in fact outside of the former problems mentioned I think it did an exceedingly great job bringing new character ideas and story elements into the franchise. Especially the relationship between Kylo and Rei as they walk parallel with each other in discovering their connection/role with the Force. A lot of the subplots went beyond expectations because it's arguably there just so there's epic Sci-Fi battles to be had (A necessity in a Star Wars film, no?) I was really impressed with how much newcomers Dern (Admiral Holdo) and Tran/Ngo (Rose and her sister) quickly became favorites on screen. I stepped out of the theater exhausted but still pretty satisfied with my Star Wars experience. Like The Force Awakens there's a lot of nodding to existing lore in the franchise and a lot of new stuff to sink your teeth into, I just wish it was written and presented more efficiently. There seems to be a lot of the general negativity from fanatics. They're probably just unhappy with where they're taking the story or certain characters, it's unfortunate but loyalists will always hold onto that sense of entitlement.
I would say Star Wars fanatics would enjoy it, but that doesn't even appear to be true. Episode VIII is filled with holes, bad jokes, and runs very long with very little story development. Most of the film's subplots are inconsequential in the big picture and really only involve stalling, the all-powerful villain is mishandled, and big problems seem to have simple solutions that come off as cop-outs. The only character of interest is Kylo Ren, and in the end, even his story doesn't go anywhere. Not a particularly fun or interesting watch.
Rian Johnson took some risks, which was a refreshing move for a massive blockbuster like Star Wars. There were a couple excellent action sequences, but there were also some elements that fell flat for me (Leia scenes and the full conversations Rey and Ben had). Overall a solid blockbuster flick, but had potential to be much better.
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