Star Wars: The Last Jedi—Movie Review

I am, admittedly, a late-blooming Star Wars fan. Science fiction has never drawn me in the same way that fantasy has and still does. However, thanks to a good friend who sat me down each night for a week straight to watch the Star Wars movies one at a time, sequentially from start to finish culminating in the release of the trailer for The Last Jedi, I am able to join the Star Wars conversation. I enjoyed the movies (to varying degrees, The Force Awakens was my favorite of the lot.)

As always, this review is spoiler-free, although if you are googling reviews and trying to avoid spoilers, you’ve probably already landed on a couple.

I watched The Last Jedi on a flight on the chairback screen in front of me, so keep that in mind. I didn’t have the greatest audio or screen size, but it was still fun.

Here are my thoughts:

Second in a Trilogy Struggle – As I explained in my review of Mistborn: The Well of Ascensionthe middle chunk of a trilogy is the hardest to get right. Narratively, it’s the point when you are still wandering. You can’t reach the full climax, and you don’t have the newness factor to pull you audience forward, so it’s motivation-wise a tough spot. I thought that The Last Jedi did a decent job keeping the momentum moving forward on the strings of story promises. However, it did fail to deliver a satisfying answer to one of the questions I felt was most pressing. Likely, the answer is being saved for the final movie for a reason. I just felt cheated when the story built so much on the tension of answering that question, fulfilling that promise.

Rules in Space – There are plenty of moments in Star Wars (overall) when physics is completely ignored in lieu of ‘the awesomeness factor’ or for the sake of story-telling. However, there was a scene in the movie that bugged me in terms of physics and in terms of the force. There’s no point in going in depth here about in, and no way to avoid spoilers if I did. Suffice it to say, remember to turn off your rational mind for some of the movie so you don’t feel too embarrassed at the blatant disregard of rules is space.

Lightsaber Battles and Starships – What would a Star Wars film be without the lightsaber duels or galactic battles? The Last Jedi fulfilled all my hopes for epicness in that quadrant. I especially liked the dramatic (and relatively fresh) settings that were chosen for this movie.

Overall, I feel like the movie gets a healthy three stars out of five. It did well enough for a middle trilogy movie. It was a bit violent at times, but I was pleased to hear that the language was generally cleaner than the language is Rouge One. I recommend it to Star Wars fans as well as to all who would like to see the finale, which promises to be a whopping good movie. It’s not a great movie for young children, but that is clear from its target audience.

So, give it a try. It might be The Last Jedi movie you ever see.

—M.M.

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  1. I really like your style of review, of no spoilers. I like both fantasy and sci-fi. To me Star Wars has always represented the first category. It has absolutely no science element to it, so it is space fantasy, or space opera, if you please. When one has overcome the noise space ships make in the void, one has gone beyond any annoyment about real physics in the suspension of disbelief within the movie.

    I loved the Rogue One. Even despite the rubbery CGI faces of particular characters, it was the best Star Wars has offered as a real movie. The story is the most important element in any movie or other method of telling stories. I liked episodes I,II and III and the second in the original trilogy Empire Strikes Back has been my favourite of the entire series for ages. The new trilogy VII and VIII have been made professionally and offer good entertainment, but in my opinion, the story (and their individual stories) are lacking. The battle and combat scenes are simply toooo long. They lose drama in action. There are interresting new characters, but the backround story makes me feel tired. Because – as in the real world – my sensation is: “Why do I still have to fight this same nonsense?” Have you ever felt it? It might be realistic, for the old characters to have to fight the remnants of the evil Galactic Empire, but it is just sad, that it seems like the rebellion did not achieve much anything after the Emperor died and the Empire fell…

    The opression of the system seems not to have gone away with their victory at Endor in episode VI. I hope there will be some sort of Star Wars Story set between the episodes VI and VII to paint a broader picture and explain why everything went so wrong for the Rebellion movement and why they were unable to re-establish the Galactic Republic or some similar and better means of government. Or perhaps the reasons for the failure of the Rebellion are right in front of all of us viewers. Their system even before the fall of the Old Republic was thoroughly corrupt. Robots are a slave class with obvious sentient minds and real enough emotions (look at C-3PO), and even all the “good guys” in the stories own robot slaves. In the fringens and peripheries of the Galaxy crime lords rule is not disputed even by the Jedi order. Is that not the reason why such a character as Darth Vader emerges? The avenging slave is one of the most ancient story lines in the world.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the review! Thank you so much for the in-depth analysis. You make some really salient points.

      What is your favorite science fiction (space opera is okay) movie of all time?

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      1. Well, I suppose my all time favourite sci-fi movie would be 2010 – The Year We Make Contact. It is now totally outdated politically and historically, but in 1984 when it was released, it was quite plausible. As for science, that knowledge has not changed much, exept to confirm some of the possibilities represented in the movie. It is not about violence, like so many other space movies, but about the benefits of co-operation and the harms of competition. The tricks are still totally awsome and the plot is exiting as ever…

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        1. I’ve never seen it. I’ll have to give it a go. I agree that too many movies take the “easy” way out with violence and explosion, missing opportunities for meaningful conversations and character moments. A great plot doesn’t hurt either. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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