Star Wars: The Last Jedi Reviews
This movie is the Casino scene of the franchise...not needed and pretty useless.
The first major complaint is that we still don't really understand what the situation in the Galaxy is, and this makes it hard to become absorbed in the film. The First Order are supposed to be the remaining die-hard supporters of the Emperor who have been banished to a remote part of the Galaxy, yet they seem to have more resources than the Empire when they ran the entire galaxy. The 'resistance' are the military of the New Republic who until recently had the resources of the galaxy at their disposal, yet seem less well equipped than the Rebellion of the originals. We also don't see assimilation of Imperial technology by the New Republic which is odd. Although the Force Awakens is responsible for getting the franchise into this situation, the situation was not irrecoverable. Had it transpired in this film that the First Order had put all (or most) of their eggs in one basket with the Star Killer base and that the rest of the New Republic's military were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, then it could have all made sense. However, this film just digs the franchise deeper into the hole. The very first sentence of the opening crawl states that the First Order reign, but this isn't a logical development from TFA - or at least we've missed some crucial events in the story which the opening crawl should have alluded to. Later on, the opening crawl even contradicts itself by talking of a rising tyranny. Are the First Order ascending, or are they ascendant? How come the First Order are so powerful and the New Republic so weak? If you're expecting answers to these questions, then your expectations will be subverted.
The second major complaint is the vandalism of the Star Wars universe. A lot of what happens in Star Wars doesn't make any sense in terms of laws of physics, but there are rules which were already well established in Episode 4. These rules may have been subsequently embellished, but they were never broken and this is crucial for a suspension of disbelief. With this film, we see the arbitrary introduction of new Jedi powers, and the weponisation of the jump to light speed which effectively invalidates every major space battle which has gone before it. Not only does these moments of Deus ex Machina prevent suspension of disbelief in a way which pulls you out of the movie, they also introduce inconsistencies with other Star Wars films.
Other things pull you out of the movie too - badly timed jokes which ruin any tension, sub-plots which go nowhere, contrived situations and so many 'gotcha', double-gotcha and triple-gotcha moments that it just becomes tedious.
These are only the things which make this movie objectively terrible. There are then many other aspects to this movie - especially relating to how characters are treated, portrayed or behave which are divisive at best.
Overall, I have a lot of difficulty rating this film - it is visually stunning, the score is fantastic and it looks like a lot of talented people have put a lot of effort into it. Unfortunately, it's just let down by the story - the overall narrative hangs so loosely that the movie just feels like you're watching a 5 year old playing with their toys. Worse still, the damage this film does oozes into the wider franchise.
And if anyone nitpicks about how bombs should fall in space (uhum tie-bombers in TESB anyone? You sure didn't nitpick then haters!) or using lightspeed when on empty to destroy a fleet (screw yourself if you didn't't think that was awesome to behold) or surviving in space is impossible or how nothing was scientifically possible...uh yeah!! This is Space Fantasy not science-Fiction or science to that! From the start, Star Wars was nothing more than Wizards in Space. Old guys with glowing swords. Green lizard dude floating rocks about. Giant slugs in asteroid fields, and all sorts of crazy creatures having a drink at a cosmic pub. And a mysterious energy that binds them all and allows some to do amazing things! If you can buy all that, then you really need to quit griping about the small idiotic things. When you're griping over stuff in a fantasy film to that minutia, you're automatically seen for what you are when suspension of disbelief is a must! You're simply sheeple and parroting others whose hypocritical gripes over this film are more prominent in other Star Wars films that they claim to love! And because of that, it makes you really look stupid. Especially with your Leia Poppins comments! OMG, this is the first time in where we see the force so strong in her that she finally gets to showcase just how strong. Up until that moment, all we saw from her was her feeling something in the force and then...sitting down. Whoa! Here, she's a badass! And It didn't require Jedi training only an instinct to survive and to use it in a way that saves her life. Why is that sooooo hard to comprehend or accept? Na...haters be damned. TLJ is quite the film and worthy of its place in canon.
Rey's parents are nobodies
Luke attempts murder on a teenage boy
Hated the movie, will not be supporting Ep. 9. Sad