Last Wednesday night I attended the midnight release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Cool, right? Well to make it even cooler, I also attended a screening of the previous film in the saga, The Force Awakens just before it (ladies, form an orderly queue to the right). I’m going to attempt to write a few spoiler-free thoughts I had about the movie.
The internet seems to be split down the middle with people who think it’s the best Star Wars movie made and people who think it’s the worst. While I don’t know if I’d got as far as to say that it’s the best movie in the series, it’s definitely very high up there.
The main complaints people had with The Force Awakens in 2015 was that they played it too safe and fuelled the whole movie on nostalgia. The Last Jedi, while definitely pulling on the nostalgia strings, went in a completely new direction.
Everything in this movie was done wonderfully, the story was great, the acting was great, the action was great! Adam Driver as Kylo Ren absolutely stole the show for me in the way he played out Kylo’s inner turmoil. Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill also played an absolute blinder in their roles as Rey and Luke. I’ve seen a lot of people give Dohmnall Gleeson shit for how he played General Hux in this movie but I thought he also played his character very well.
Seeing Carrie Fischer in this movie pulled on the heart strings a bit, but her last performance is definitely one she can be proud of.
While I did find the movie to be absolutely fantastic, there’s one chunk in the middle that I feel went on about 15 minutes too long. This didn’t ruin the movie by any means but it really could have been avoided and cut down.
This is also probably the funniest Star Wars movie to date, there are plenty of legitimate laugh out loud moments which is much needed in a movie that will have you at the edge of your seat for a lot of it.
There’s so much more I could say about this movie but it’s 100% a movie you want to go in blind for. Overall, The Last Jedi is one of the very best movies in the Star Wars franchise. It’s full of fun surprises and definitely points the new trilogy in the right direction going into the final movie. I give this movie a solid 9/10.