The answer is simple, “yes” Star Wars: The Last Jedi lives up to all of the hype?
The places that writer and director Rian Johnson takes audiences is amazing. We just don’t visit planets and go on a space adventure, he takes us on an emotional journey. I was so captivated by the story that I did not move for at least an hour in my seat.
Rian Johnson presents the answers to our Star Wars questions in a beautiful and powerful way. It’s done with care for the franchise and the audience. You can feel the love he has for the franchise and know that it’s safe in his hands. It’s obvious why Kathleen Kennedy has trusted him with a new Star Wars Trilogy.
We have been waiting two years since Star Wars: The Force Awakens to see the continued journey of our beloved characters. The biggest question and fan theories have revolved around Rey and who her parents are. This is a spoiler free review so I would never tell you anything about the plot. What does she need to move forward in her life? She needs training and answers; from what you’ve seen in the trailers you know that this is occurs. However, the way that it’s presented to us is very powerful, I was captivated by her journey.
Rey, Kylo, Finn and Poe move forward in this film and it’s not just for the sake of the story line. Each character develops down their own path and each will be tested which helps to reveal more about their character.
We also learn more about Luke Skywalker’s path and yes he does get to speak in this film.
One of the questions fans have been wondering about is the story behind Luke and Ben Solo (Kylo Ren). What occurred in the past to take Ben to his current path of Kylo Ren. Most importantly, why is Luke living on the island of Ahch-To? All of this will be revealed and Luke’s journey takes us back in time and gives us a glimpse into the future.
It’s a Wild Ride
No Star Wars movie would be complete without epic space battles, conflicts, and new characters.
When we last left Finn he was unconscious. But you’ve seen the trailers so you know he’s back on his feet in this film. Finn and Poe both take us on incredible journeys that were so thrilling there were times I did not breath.
While there are a few new characters in the film, none shine as bright as Rose (Kelly Marie Tran). We can never have enough strong female characters on-screen and I was delighted with the story line of Rose. She is tough, caring and courageous; the elements of a true hero.
There is a lot to process
What does that mean without giving any plot points away? Well, the movie is 2 1/2 hours and that means there is a lot of content. Not only do we have a deep character development of multiple characters but we also have a lot of story elements that pertain to just the Star Wars franchise, more specifically what does “The Last Jedi” title really mean? When the movie ended, I was silent and reflective. It was a lot to process.
Is this just for Star Wars Nerds?
For those of you who are not die hard Star Wars fans there is good news. I really feel that this movie stands on it’s own.
The plot points are well thought out and back stories are explained for those who are new to this franchise. If you have not seen the other Star Wars movies, that is ok.
I would recommend seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens just so you know who the key players are. But, the movie is THAT GOOD where it can stand on it’s own within this franchise.
Our Princess Carrie Fisher
My eyes welled with tears and I skipped a breath or two when she appeared on-screen. She shines as always, brings spunk to the story and gives us a powerful performance as General Leia Organa.
She will remain forever in our hearts and forever part of the reason why many girls fall in love with Star Wars. I know for myself, she’s the reason I love Star Wars. She’s tough, takes control of the situation and solves the problems. She’s a kick-ass woman and the character of General Leia Organa will never be duplicated.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is like a gift, one that you need to unwrap carefully to enjoy it properly. I urge you to not post any spoilers on social media. This is a beautiful and powerful story that should be enjoyed in the theater and not spoiled on-line.
I rank this movie as my 3rd favorite, it’s however, one of the best Star Wars movies I’ve seen. My order of favorites are “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” and now “The Last Jedi.”
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