Star Wars: The Last Jedi – A solid 8/10

Simon Miners, Staff Writer

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Wow is a great word isn’t it? It’s without any doubt the simplest way to describe the new addition to the new Star Wars trilogy. Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released on Dec. 15th, and, as it always does, it blew away all of its competition in the box office.

  As J.J Abrams did in the prior film, The Force Awakens, director of The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson was able to create a nostalgic undertone in several scenes in the movie, whilst also making breaking new barriers and introducing the Star Wars fandom to new things, although public opinion is heavily divided on the movie.

  Aside from Princess Leia in the past, the Star Wars trilogies have lacked an essential female character presence that the plot revolves around. The Last Jedi is able to develop that female presence in good and bad senses. Rey is the positive side. Her potential and determination helped her come into her own and potentially becoming next in-line in the history of great Jedis. To go with Rey, a Resistance worker known as Rose is introduced, and although she plays a large role, to me personally, it’s an unnecessary and confusing role. Rose originally was a nobody in the resistance, and out of the blue, she’s now able to fly aircrafts and speeders. There is not enough context or explanation to justify her role, and it just seems unnecessary.

  Mark Hamill, AKA Luke Skywalker, was another positive from this riveting film. Leaving everyone on the edge of their seats at the end of The Force Awakens with his appearance, Skywalker initially refuses to train Rey as he is scarred from his costly mistakes made with Ben Solo, now known as Kylie Ren. But, as most hoped and probably expected, Luke made his inevitable realization that Rey was a glimmer of hope for the galaxy, and gave her the training she so desired. All of this was influenced by the help of a popular Star Wars figure. Yoda’s return as a force ghost was a sight for all.

  Possibly in the most shocking scene in the whole movie, Snoke, supreme leader of the First Order, is killed by his apprentice Kylo Ren. The first thought that came to mind is: wasted potential. Although a crazy scene, Snoke was the most mysterious and intriguing character in the saga so far, and just like that he is dead. Given the shocks we have seen so far though, don’t be surprised if you see Snoke come back in a major way in Episode 9.

  The Last Jedi does have its flaws, with several more questions being raised than answered. But with Episode 9 coming in 2019, be prepared for a movie where everything comes together. Episode 8’s visual effects were certainly worthy of a movie as prestigious as Star Wars. This may very well have been a build-up movie for the inevitable hype that Episode 9 will bring, but it still remains to be seen. The Last Jedi is certainly a film that you need to see at least twice to fully appreciate the detail and importance it brings in the Star Wars universe. If you have not seen the film yet, it’s definitely a must-see. At instances the movie is off-putting, but overall it’s a visual masterpiece with an inconclusive, but unfinished plot.

 

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