Review: The Last Jedi (Star Wars #8)

Review: The Last Jedi (Star Wars #8)The Last Jedi by Rian Johnson
Series: Star Wars #8
Also in this series: The Force Awakens *, Rogue One *
Released by Disney, Lucasfilm on 13 December 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Length: 2h 32m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

Friendly reminder: I will try to avoid spoilers as much as I can, but if you want to go into the movie without knowing anything, don’t read this review!

In November two years ago, I watched my first ever Star Wars movie! I had noticed they existed before that, of course, but never really felt obligated to watch them – until The Force Awakens was about to come out. My friends and I decided it was time to finally watch the original six movies. While I didn’t love those, I did really enjoy The Force Awakens (and of course Rogue One, if you hadn’t noticed that yet). So to say I was excited about The Last Jedi is an understatement.

The Last Jedi goes further where the Force Awakens ended. It’s been a mere couple of days since the destruction of Starkiller base, and the First Order is on the hunt for the rebels. Meanwhile, Rey has arrived on Ahch-To and has presented the lightsaber to the old Jedi master Luke Skywalker. And Finn is going on a secret mission with BB-8 and Rose Tico in search of a master codebreaker.

I have been rewriting this review for a couple of days now, and I’ve decided that whatever I write down now is going to be the final review. I’ve been reading other people’s reviews as well because there is a huge divide in the Star Wars fandom – a lot of people loved this movie to bits, a lot of people hated it so much. I am personally kind of in between, I guess. I enjoyed the movie, more than the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy, but I just didn’t love it.

For me, this movie just felt too long at some points. The beginning was exciting, the last part was amazing but the middle part was just too tedious. Maybe it’s because of the three separate storylines going on in this movie, maybe it’s because my two favourite characters were separated for the entire movie, but I just spent too much time during this movie thinking I wanted the end to come sooner. I loved the Rey and Luke storyline, the Rebel/First Order storyline was good too, but my least favourite – unfortunately – was the part where Finn, BB-8 and Rose go to the casino planet. That part could have been a lot shorter in my opinion and it kind of makes me sad because Finn really is my favourite character.

The Last Jedi was definitely the funniest Star Wars movie I had seen, and I know what I’m talking about because I had been rewatching all other SW movies before seeing this one. TLJ made me laugh harder than any of the other movies did, but some jokes kind of felt awkward when I thought about it later on. View Spoiler » I also didn’t love the Porgs as much as I had anticipated. They were really cute, but I thought they hardly added anything to the story. They were literally just there to be cute and funny. But I want like ten of them.

I went into this movie with certain expectations, but I do think it was very surprising. I had guessed some of the plot-twists already, but that did not take away any of the excitement I felt when the things happened. There were so many questions I had after The Force Awakens, and though some of them were answered, the movie also raised a lot more questions. View Spoiler » What I am wondering most of all, is what the next movie would have looked like – had Carrie Fisher not passed away. Unfortunately, we will never find out, and that makes me so so sad!

I’m curious how they are planning to wrap up this trilogy, and I’m very excited to have J.J. Abrams back for the ninth instalment. I want to know which of my questions will be answered, and which questions I will have after that movie. But above all, I enjoyed The Last Jedi and will certainly go and see it again, and again, and again…

My opinion in one gif:

(This was mostly my reaction every time Leia appeared on screen).