From the day they released the name Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there has been a buzz surrounding this movie. "How can it be the last Jedi if there's another movie?" "Do they mean 'Jedi' as in plural?"
Well my family has just returned from the movie and two of us loved it, and the other two were disappointed. We're all very keen Star Wars fans, so it's not like we're new to the fan club, we just had very different takes on the movie.
Things I enjoyed about the movie:
* it was unpredictable "This is not going to go the way you think." Luke.
* There were brilliant new worlds, new creatures like the crystal fox, porgs and island people; and new loveable characters like Rose.
* The Millennium Falcon feels like a favourite character
* I like the development of the characters, particularly in the use of the Force. "Dark rises, and light to meet it." Snoke. I loved the 'will they or won't they be turned' aspects and the new ability.
* The special effects are fantastic. Gone are the days when CGIs were short and sweet; there are loads of them here, including my favourite, space battles.
* Carrie Fisher was a stand-out. A fitting tribute to our late Princess Leia.
The bits I weren't so keen on included the losses, but I don't want to include any spoilers here, so I'll leave it at that.
Go and see for yourselves and let me know your opinion of the latest blockbuster.
Check out this review from my friend Troy Stoilkovski:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It was well directed, cinematography shot beautifully, the storytelling though has a few plotholes (see below) and that soundtrack, well it's John Williams folks. Visual and practical effects were exceptional and Rian Johnson had a big job helming the course of the canon to here. It defines and extends the narrative set by The Force Awakens though it breaks some of those ...guidelines set before. It's an enjoyable adventure, very unpredictable even. It reaches into big movie territory. It's up there.
Carrie Fisher (RIP) gives a deep, emotional resonance here, a fitting last film. Hamill is just superb (especially Luke and Rey's interplay) but there are other avenues and storylines i believe they could've gone with, especially concerning the legendary Luke (watch it and you'll know what i mean). Cast delivered and some were exceptional, others ok, fulfilled their roles. I didn't agree with every choice in major character exposition and their outcome, actually it surprised me, but In conclusion it's the path now for the canon, and Rian has produced a movie of pivotal direction. Maybe i'm a bit nostalgic, but the original trilogy is still my favourite in terms of iconic character development and storytelling. For me Empire Strikes Back is still THE greatest Star Wars film, almost perfection. Star Wars is now heading to new horizons :) #starwars #thelastjedi #rianjohnson #disney #ohyeah #twothumbsup
Posted by Troi Stoi on Facebook and reprinted with permission
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