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Many Star Wars fans and others have been waiting and anticipating Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie coming to theaters. On instagram, many joked that while other people are waiting for Christmas, they (Star Wars fans) are waiting for December 15, 2017 when the movie releases. Unfortunately, they probably should have waited for Christmas instead. Hopefully you have seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi by this time. If not, don’t fret. My review will not have major spoilers and it may just save you the cost of a movie ticket. Without further ado, here’s my review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Abundance of Storylines in The Last Jedi
It is not unusual for movies to have various storylines; however, Star Wars: The Last Jedi seemed to use every single character in the movie for a storyline. In fact, due to the many storylines, plot changes, etc. the writer and director seemed to have left at least one character’s story in limbo. Namely, Senator Leia's replacement. The problem with having so many storylines or plots is the movie seemed like a mesh of beginnings, middles and oftentimes no endings because of the attempt to squeeze meandering stories in one movie. This would have been ok, if at the end the writer and director could magically bring all the different and varied plots together -- however, this was not accomplished. Given the 2 hour 35 minutes movie play time, lack of time cannot be used as an excuse not to present a coherent story.
As you watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you may ask yourself if the movie revolves around Luke Skywalker, or if the plot centered around Rey including discovering who her parents were. Or was the storyline about the Rebels defending themselves against the enemies? Maybe the plot was about strategizing to defeat the enemy when it seemed like they were being overpowered. Numerous other questions can be asked about the central point of this movie; however, you may come away from Star Wars: The Last Jedi with the realization that there was none.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Pros
I liked the strong lead-in tune of the Star Wars theme music when the Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie started. This is an epic soundtrack and has withstood the test of time to sound just as crisp as it did years ago. I did notice there was a pause where other writings appeared before the yellow lettering showed against the black background.
In my opinion, a touching part of the movie was the bond that seemed to exist between Luke Skywalker and Rey. I particularly enjoyed her practicing with the light saber as well as using it in some of the scenes. The puzzling aspect of the scenes with Luke Skywalker and Rey was I did not see any actual training taking place, unless learning the ways of the force constitutes training. A scene showing Luke Skywalker training Rey on using the lightsaber would have been appropriate in this instance.
Another pro of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was there were a few humorous line thrown in here and there that caused the movie audience to laugh. There were also lots of special effects; however not spectacular as you would expect from a blockbuster movie like Star Wars.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Cons
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was overly long and probably could have been cut shorter by eliminating some of the characters who served no real purpose. I have watched long movies that did not seem as long because I was enjoying the movie and wanted to know what would happen next. A specific example is the record breaking Wonder Woman movie. Unfortunately, this was not the case for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Actually, I was waiting for a major plot to evolve to connect all the different storylines -- which of course never happened.
Spoiler alert. The Star Wars movie franchise is known for showing strange looking creatures; however, there is one scene in the movie where Luke Skywalker gets a dairy drink from a grotesque looking creature. Such a scene should have been edited out of the final movie. I actually had to turn my head away in order not to watch this gruesome scene. You will know what I’m talking about if you see the movie.
When Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie started, I got the impression the main character who would be carrying the movie was the fighter pilot instead of either Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Senator Leia, Rey or Finn. The fighter pilot seemed to have a bigger part in this movie when compared to his role in the last Star Wars movie -- Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This may have been done because Han Solo was not in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This was a huge fail since the story should have centered around Luke Skywalker, Rey and John Boyega. It was unrealistic for me to watch the fighter pilot lead people when his specialty should have been piloting. The worst fail relative to him coming into power was when Senator Leia nonchalantly gave approval for him to take over the lead -- even though she seemed quite capable of doing so herself.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Rey
Just to clarify, there are many faces in Star Wars: The Last Jedi including those I’ve named above. However, the most consistent Star Wars character I’ve seen in ads, commercials, youtube videos, etc. have been Rey weirding a lightsaber. Because of her high visibility regarding Star Wars beginning with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and continuing on to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it seemed asignide for Rey to be belittled and insulted during a portion of the movie. Spoiler Alert: The disparaging remarks made to Rey by Kylo Ren was totally uncalled for. Again, you will know the details of this exchange if you see the movie.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Kylo Ren
Regarding the exchange between Kylo Ren and Rey, I think it was a plus that both the actors who portrayed Kylo Ren and Rey are not played by good actors. When Kylo Ren was telling Rey where she came from, he could have been more brutal in his facial expressions and his actions -- which were not done. On the flip side, because Daisy Ridley as Rey is not in my opinion an award winning actor, she did not convey the hurt and humiliation she must have felt when Kylo Ren said those negative things about her.
Assessment of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I see nothing inherently wrong in hyping a movie, but i think it’s misleading to do so when the movie is below what is expected for a popular movie franchise such as Star Wars. My advice is to spend more time, energy, and yes -- money to produce a quality product that is worth the Star Wars brand. Sadly the hype did not match the final product. Here’s an enumeration of five (5) actions that could have been done to improve Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I’m sure there are more; however, these five stand out for me.
- Pick a few storylines and make them complete with a beginning, middle and an end. If a storyline is not complete -- omit it from the movie.
- Have a goal in mind when developing a Star Wars story and stick to it, so when the audience walks away from the movie, at least they will know what the movie was all about.
- Do not let a fighter pilot become the leader unless he is paired with someone with leadership skills such as John Boyega’s character Finn or other leader-type Star War characters.
- Don’t let minor characters, i.e. a security guard become the main focus part of the movie when clearly she was not doing her job when she not only excused John Boyega from trying to escape the spaceship -- but unbelievably joined him.
- Since Rey has been the face of the new Star Wars movies, beginning with Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- do not undermine her as an individual. Rey should be depicted as a strong Star Wars character and not one to be belittled and insulted.
Rating of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the best, I rate Star Wars: The Last Jedi 1 ¾ stars.