Star Wars: The Last Jedi Thoughts and Review

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Hiyo, everyone! Just yesterday, I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and I really wanted to talk about it, and I figured this was the perfect place for me to share my opinions.

This isn’t the first review I’ve done on this blog, but I’d like to say up front that it will be different from my previous reviews in two ways. Firstly, I won’t be summarizing the movie’s premise. There must be thousands of reviews doing just that. Instead, I’m directing this review toward people who have already seen the movie. That may seem counter-intuitive, but the movie has been out for a whole three days now, and I figure most of the die-hard fans who are likely to look up blog reviews have already seen it. xD

Secondly, unlike my previous reviews, this one will be absolutely filled with spoilers. So, if you haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t want to be spoiled, I recommend you turn back now!

Okay, here goes! I’d like to start by saying I found the action in this movie to be a blast to watch from start to finish. At the beginning of the movie, I was a bit worried The Last Jedi would mimic the structure of The Empire Strikes Back much like The Force Awakens imitated A New Hope, since both films start with the Rebels fleeing from a compromised base. The ensuing chase only strengthened my concern, so I was pleased when the plot turned in another direction after the First Order caught up with the Rebels.

Meanwhile, on a remote island/planet, we found Luke and Rey exactly where we’d left them: staring each other down. I was a bit disappointed to see Luke subsequently play the grumpy old man shtick after that; it felt entirely too cliche. Rey’s arc for this movie became a lot more interesting once her force-enabled conversations with Kylo Ren began popping up. I found myself quietly shipping the two of them throughout the movie. =p

To be honest, as the movie progressed, I found Luke to be more and more of a letdown. The revelation that he contemplated killing Kylo in his sleep suggests that he learned nothing from his father’s redemption. Obviously, Kylo’s subsequent murders were an unwarranted, but I can’t blame him for hating Luke and turning away from Luke’s teachings – nor can I blame Rey for storming off of the planet.

The scene with Yoda came off as rather silly to me, especially the part where Yoda made lightning strike and started a fire. If he can do that, why not materialize on the First Order’s ship and blow things up? But I digress. xD

The Rebel’s defense against the First Order was a far more interesting arc to me. I could really feel their desperation as things kept getting worse and worse. That said, I couldn’t quite suspend my disbelief when Leia survived being thrown into space. That entire sequence seemed a bit contrived. At first, I was as wary as Poe of Leia’s replacement, Vice-Admiral Holdo, but – well, we’ll get to that later. =p

From the scene where the two of them met, I found Finn and Rose to make a cute couple. Their little adventure gave us a fun look at the financial elite of the galaxy, although, ultimately, I feel it only served to bring the two of them closer together. (And to show off BB-8’s badassery. =p ) Their plan completely fell through, which is fine and all, but I feel it didn’t really progress the story forward except by leading up to Finn’s epic duel with Captain Phasma.

The scene between Rey, Kylo, and Snoke was where The Last Jedi really began to distinguish itself from the other Star Wars movies in my eyes. Much like Palpatine, Snoke was a completely obnoxious, arrogant jerk – and it was an absolute delight to watch him die for his smugness. He completely underestimated Kylo, who I was outright rooting for at that point. However, Snoke did leave one burning question in his wake – who was that mighty Sith Lord who seems to have materialized out of nowhere?

The battle between Rey, Kylo, and Snoke’s guards was absolutely thrilling to watch, and my internal fangirl cheering was at its peak as the two of them helped each other survive. To be honest, I really, really wanted them to join forces, regardless of which side they chose – but, alas, the story took a different turn. xD

Meanwhile, as the rebels fled via escape pods, we were given the privilege to bear witness to what I consider the most breathtaking scene in the entire movie – Vice Admiral Holdo’s use of hyperdrive to take down a star destroyer. Everything about that scene, from the visuals to the temporary silence to the implications of that action was just perfect, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. Holdo’s attack was so effective it left me wondering why hyperdrive-kamikazi ships are not widely used weapons of war. Surely, someone in the history of the galaxy has to have done that before, right? =p

The battle outside the abandoned Rebel base was visually a pleasure to watch – the juxtaposition of white and red birthed by the planet’s surface remind me of the movie poster shown above. Projection-Luke’s appearance took me by surprise, and I find it hard to believe it worked. The trinket Luke gave Leia upon his appearance was shown to be a complete illusion, so it seems strange that Leia didn’t have a reaction to being given something immaterial. Still, it was fun to watch the imperial army focus its fire on Luke to no avail, and amusing to witness the non-existent battle between him and Kylo. I was kind of surprised General Hux didn’t try to kill Kylo once the illusion was revealed, but I suppose he had already publically acknowledged the latter as his new Supreme Leader.

The ending left me with a few strong impressions. Firstly, Rey is growing more powerful at a staggering rate. I can’t wait to see what she’s like in Episode 9! Secondly, Luke’s death felt a bit abrupt. I suppose the stunt he pulled put a lot of strain on his body, but it felt like a rather anti-climatic way for a legendary Jedi to die. I suppose Yoda just died of old age, too, though. Thirdly, the scene at the very end with the children suggests to me that the badly wounded Rebel Alliance will largely be rebuilt by the next generation of freedom fighters. That makes me wonder whether there will be a large time gap between Episodes 8 and 9.

As a side note, The Last Jedi took a very unexpected route concerning humor. It felt a bit surreal to see some of the sillier scenes actually in the movie, but I have to admit, I did laugh at some of them. Slapstick though they were, I felt they made the film a bit more engaging.

Overall, The Last Jedi is far from a perfect film, but it’s one I thoroughly enjoyed nonetheless. As you may know if you’ve read my previous posts, I like to acknowledge the faults in the media I experience and find ways to look past them. None of The Last Jedi‘s flaws ruined the experience for me at all, and the sheer quantity of awesome moments left me really hyped for the sequel. Therefore, I rate The Last Jedi 4.5/5. I thoroughly enjoyed its willingness to tinker with the formula a little.

Have you guys seen The Last Jedi yet? If so, what did you think? Which scenes stood out the most for you? Were any of the flaws unforgivable in your eyes? As always, I’m eager to read your feedback. Buh-bye for now!

 

 

2 thoughts on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi Thoughts and Review

  1. Very nice review! I found myself agreeing with pretty much everything you’re saying, and even realizing that the same thoughts occured to us at the same times throughout the movie. Interesting to see that we’ve had similar thought processes =p

    For instance I too was greatly afraid of an ESB rip off during the first few scenes, but that concern quickly vanished (I suspect the writers scared us on purpose). I also thought the Canto Blight part was ultimately kinda inconsequential, and that Snoke’s demise left too many questions unanswered for my likiing. Last but not least, and I think I’ll be harsher than you on this, I believe Luke Skywalker’s character arc was greatly mishandled and borderline ruined. His anticlimatic death also was a let-down, but I suppose they were going for the “no legend, no hero” leitmotiv.

    Other than that I also agree with the good points you’ve brought up: good action scenes (maybe a lengthy, one-on-one lightsaber fight was missing), breathtaking hyperspace-jump-into-stardestroyer scene, awesome character development for Kylo Ren, enjoyable chemistry between the characters generally speaking, and shameless shipping 😉

    It was really pleasant to read a review that resonated so well with my own The Last Jedi experience. So, thank you for this ^.^
    If I had to rate it, maybe I’d be a little harsher than you; 4/5 perhaps. But still, enjoyable movie overall.
    I’m eager to read your next reviews~

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  2. Always glad to see your thoughts on things here Evi, so thank you once again for sharing. ^^

    Though I feel the Empire Strikes Back vibe carried on much longer, Luke training with Yoda and then we have Rey being “trained” by Luke. Though the vibes were there, I don’t think they were ever present like in The Force Awakens, which was more of a copy paste of A New Hope.

    I’m on the same page as yourself in most of the aspects that you described Evi. I did cringe a little bit in the opening when Poe was buying himself time… I’d have been much happier if they’d just had picked him off the instant he appeared on their radar and stopped moving, and let BB-8 float back to the main ship intact.

    I really hope Captain Phasma makes a return. I feel like she could have a slightly larger role in what they keep teasing us with. At this point though, I wouldn’t be surprised if she just doesn’t get her own movie. Laser proof armor though? Why not just give this to all of their troopers? Must be too expensive….? Where’d she get it from and why is she the only one to have it? I have so many unanswered questions about her that go unanswered…. also why didn’t she get demoted or marked a traitor for pretty much just handing over the kill switch to the Starkiller Base…. 😡

    I really-really wanted Rey to take Kylo’s hand. Even if that meant joining the Darkside, I was all for it, it would have made for an interesting plot twist. They could have even branched away from the marking of the two “Sides” and gone with a balance of the two with them at that point. It seems like they were really driving home the let all the old die, and lets bring in the new. So hopefully now we get to see some really deep character development between our Force attuned duo. Also the supposed awakening in others as well, I know I’m not the only one who saw at the end the stable broom boy that took the broom into his hand using the force. Though I was on my own at the time of seeing the movie, as no one else that I saw the movie with picked up on that either.

    The first thought that crossed my mind when Holdo weaponized the ship she was in as a last ditch effort, was WOW O _ O; secondly like yourself, was why hasn’t this been done before? Seemed rather effective in my own personal opinion the way it blasted through Snoke’s ship and then shotgunned all the others was an amazing shot….

    I look forward to seeing this movie a second time, and that’s not something I usually do. Even though I felt guilty at times for laughing at some of the slapstick humor (Not your moments though Poe >:I, they make me cringe), it was overall a really good experience and I look forward to the next one. Thanks again for the peek inside your mind about your thoughts on this amazing movie, and I look forward to your future blogs.

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