Aug 27, 2018
The success of The Last Jedi, like its father before it, will most likely rest on the conclusion of the trilogy.
Aug 25, 2018
It's the one we've been waiting for.
Jul 27, 2018
"Star Wars" is not "Breaking Bad," and the same narrative tricks that worked for the latter feel jarringly out of place in the former.
Mar 8, 2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi may not be perfect, but the need to accept imperfection and keep going becomes one of the movie's themes...It's about mentorship that's invigorating rather than smothering.
Dec 26, 2017
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.
Dec 20, 2017
With Johnson at the helm, the torch-along with the lightsaber-is safely passed to a new generation.
Dec 19, 2017
Rian Johnson leavens political high seriousness and fan-service tear-jerking with enough charm and humour to prevent The Last Jedi becoming the biggest downer ever delivered at Christmas by the Walt Disney Company.
Dec 17, 2017
As the third act approaches, the crescendo of air-punching interludes accelerates, eliciting gasps, cheers and OMG whoops from an audience whom Johnson treats with respect, affection, and evident admiration.
Dec 16, 2017
While The Last Jedi may not receive top marks for originality, the eighth official entry in the Star Wars saga is still one of the most entertaining blockbusters of the year...
Dec 15, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a spirited continuation - sometimes spectacular, often humorous - of the never-ending space saga.
Dec 15, 2017
With The Last Jedi, Johnson finds that sweet spot of reverentially seeing out the old to firmly make way for a new, perhaps final, space odyssey.
Dec 15, 2017
Fanatics will love it; for the rest of us, it's a tolerably good time.
Dec 15, 2017
The devoted will no doubt be delighted; for the rest, a resigned acceptance may be the safest path to enjoyment.
Dec 15, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a visual spectacle that expands our understanding of the Force and how it shapes a "galaxy far, far away," adding to the mythology and lore of this franchise.
Dec 15, 2017
Johnson is easily the most skilled filmmaker to helm one of these (it's not even close) and it's not just that the film has a surface beauty of its own. He's aware of what we expect narratively from a 'Star Wars' movie, and delights in subverting it.
Dec 15, 2017
But the biggest thing this eighth chapter does is change where things go next in a fundamental way.
Dec 14, 2017
In a world bursting with flashy popcorn movies, there's still nothing quite like a "Star Wars" flick.
Dec 14, 2017
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.
Dec 14, 2017
Nothing in "The Last Jedi" is allowed to be mundane, including the places the filmmakers take the story.
Dec 14, 2017
But these are minor quibbles compared to the depth, wonder, and sense of heroism that The Last Jedi brings back.