I was invited to a free screening to facilitate this review. All opinions are mine alone. #TheLastJedi
I *know* I’m not the only one who’s been on the edge of their seat waiting for the new Star Wars movie to come out, or the only one who’s rewatched the trailers multiple times, trying to find hints or clues as to what we’ll be seeing. I was practically bouncing in my theater seat, waiting for the screen to pop up with that familiar text and theme song! Once that hit, I couldn’t take my eyes away from the screen, afraid I’d miss even a second of the incredible story. Now, I won’t give any spoilers in this review, because NOTHING could do it justice other than experiencing it for yourself – but let me tell you why I think The Last Jedi is Bringing Star Wars to a Whole New Level!
You know from the trailers that we still have many of the same cast and characters that we all love (or hate – at least outwardly), but there’s also newcomers who bring quite the variety, adventure and twists to the story. From the seemingly indestructible Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) who we had the ‘pleasure’ of meeting in the previous film, to the confident and beautiful Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern), it’s a whole crew of personalities!
Finn is finally awake (if you happen to miss practically every trailer so this was a shock, sorry), and teaming up with Rose, who has her own past reasons for fighting so hard against the First Order. Together, they embark on a mission to save what little remains of the resistance, and risk paying the ultimate price for their actions.
I was a huge fan of Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) in The Force Awakens, but love him even more as we get more of a feel for his no fear, ‘jump in a ship and blow things up’ character. While this can be a huge benefit during a war, there’s the risk he’ll push too far, costing the resistance too much. Despite his ‘trouble maker’ attitude (though not his intent), it’s really sweet his full respect and admiration he has for Leia.
While Star Wars has always been fabulous at including new species/creatures, it seems they put even more into it for The Last Jedi – not just flashes in the background, but a feel for some of the creatures in this universe and some of their cute, proud or down-right beautiful characteristics.
Most of us had major questions about Rey after seeing The Force Awakens – her history, her parentage, and if she’d follow in Kylo Ren’s footsteps and give in to the dark side. It’s no doubt she’s incredibly powerful with the force, but you can still see the doubt and loneliness fighting inside of her. She came to Luke for help, but can he give her what she really needs?
I love that The Last Jedi answered some of our burning questions in regards to Rey, and built up on her character even more than before – showing how brave and strong she really is, as well as tossing us some surprising twists. That being said, though, there’s still so many directions her future, and that of the Star Wars Galaxy, can head in the final film that we’ll see in 2019!
Star Wars has also been known for wonderful, epic battles – on land and in space – but The Last Jedi blew me away with the advancements they showed. Not only knew ships or advanced AT-ATs that I never knew were possible, but how the wars are fought and won (or lost) were visually stunning and tactically astonishing.
I said no spoilers, and I’m sticking with that so don’t dare even hint at certain things. One obvious thing is – seeing Carrie Fisher (Leia) during the movie was very emotional, especially for all of us who grew up with her as a role model, and such an amazing woman. Knowing she passed away, it was very difficult. In The Last Jedi, she’s even more admirable, strong and dedicated than ever – although possibly more patient than she was in the earlier films 🙂 I’m sure Carrie’s watching us all enjoy her work from Heaven, and proud of all she helped contribute to us Star Wars fans. We love and miss you Carrie!
One thing the trailers kept hinting at was Kylo’s struggles – but not exactly WHAT he was struggling with. There’s so much turmoil inside him – fear that he’s not strong enough, anger at not being who he wants to be, possibly even guilt at killing his father, Han Solo. Then with some strange connections to Rey, his past is brought back to mind and he has to deal with not only his current struggles, but his previous ones as well. Again, no spoilers – but oh my goodness, you won’t be able to prepare for what’s to come with Kylo Ren and the twists this plot will take!
Luke has definitely changed since the original movies, which loss, guilt and fear can do to a person. While he use to be a symbol of hope to the galaxy, he has none himself. Will he be able to overcome his own troubled past and history with Ben Solo/Kylo Ren, or will his belief that the Jedi should end stay true? You’ll have to catch the movie to find out – and I hope you’re as amazed at the surprises in store as I am!
With battles more epic than ever, characters you feel drawn to with their well developed histories and personalities, questions answer – and more left to wonder on – as well as more plot twists and comedy than ever before, I believe The Last Jedi is bringing Star Wars to a whole new level, and absolutely cannot wait until the final installment in 2019!!!