Star Wars was bound to become less ominous and dark once Disney bought the franchise and The Last Jedi is the most lighthearted Star Wars movie in the Skywalker saga yet.
The Skywalker storyline was rebooted in 2015 with the release of The Force Awakens. The movie, which was directed by J.J. Abrams introduced the story of Rey (portrayed by Daisy Ridley), Finn (portrayed by John Boyega), Kylo Ren (portrayed by Adam Driver) and Poe Dameron (portrayed by Oscar Isaac) alongside Luke Skywalker (reprised by Mark Hamil), Leia Organa (reprised by the late and great Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (reprised by Harrison Ford) and the whole gang.
The Last Jedi picks up where The Force Awakens left off and you’re immediately blasted into an epic space battle. The Last Jedi is visually thrilling, with a strong storyline accompanying many action-packed moments. On top of it all, it’s probably one of the funniest Star Wars ever, with many moments causing the audience to laugh and delight in.
The Last Jedi Takes You To Many Different Worlds
Do yourself a favour and go watch The Last Jedi in 3D, or at the very least on a big screen. The Last Jedi, like many previous Star Wars movies, features different and exciting space locations. But where The Last Jedi stands out is how visually breathtaking each new location and setting was in the new movie.
Not only were the space battles executed brilliantly, where action was intertwined with funny dialogue and cool spaceships, they also looked better than ever in terms of visual effects. From the get-go, audiences are thrust into hyperdrive that feels like you’re also traveling faster than the speed of light. The movie is brilliant in transporting you to the different worlds and settings by paying attention to detail and combining many elements, to create an immersive experience, especially if you watch The Last Jedi at cinemas.
Many Cool Characters To Tell The Story
As The Last Jedi continues on with the story that The Force Awakens started, you get to see most of the characters you fell in love with from the first movie again. These include Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron. If you think you cared about the future of these three new cast members after The Force Awakens, then you’re heart will melt after The Last Jedi. Each character’s story moves along nicely, and we were pleased with the character developments for the most part. Even the bad guys became cooler and more entertaining to watch, especially Kylo Ren and General Hux (portrayed by Domhnall Gleeson). Maz Kanata (portrayed by Lopita N’yonga) makes a disappointingly brief appearance, and we would’ve wanted to see a little more. BB-8 has to get a special mention for being even more adorably badass and entertaining in The Last Jedi.
Rose Tico (portrayed by Kelly Marie Tran) was one of our favourite characters introduced by The Last Jedi. Her story echoes many different Star Wars stories of Rebels coming from nowhere, fiercely loyal to the cause of trying to make the galaxy a better place. Although she’s a very sweet character with a lot of heart and emotions, we wouldn’t want to pick a fight with Rose Tico as she looks like she could kick some serious ass.
Having classic characters like General Leia Organa and Chewbacca back in The Last Jedi was great at tying in the original story to the new franchise. The return of Luke Skywalker was probably something every Star Wars fan was waiting for and he doesn’t disappoint.
A special mention must be made to all the beautiful and fascinating space creatures introduced in The Last Jedi. From the cute bird/teddy bear hybrid called Progs to the beautiful crystal foxes, every new creature was creatively brought to life, making the experience created by The Last Jedi feel even more authentic.
Strong Enough Story
It’s difficult to not tell the same story, just in a different setting with different characters. Especially when it comes to a franchise like Star Wars. Not only has the franchise been around for more than 50 years, it’s also one of those franchise with very committed and critical fans. So, every new Star Wars director has the task of balancing the old with the new and we think Rian Johnson did a pretty good job.
The story wasn’t something particularly riveting or original, but it was unique enough to make The Last Jedi stand out on its own without feeling like it has borrowed too much from previous Star Wars stories.
Where The Last Jedi does shine is its wittiness and the less serious tone it takes compared to previous Star Wars movies. Although The Force Awakens had already introduced a more lighthearted feel to the franchise, The Last Jedi actually has some laugh out loud moments, which felt uniquely thrilling for a Star Wars movie. What’s even greater about the introduction of this lighter tone, is that it doesn’t take away from the action as well as some of the more serious, deeper moments in The Last Jedi.
The Last Jedi is a great sequel movie to the new reboot of a popular and beloved franchise that has been around for more than 50 years.
It might not have the most original storyline in the Star Wars franchise, but it does manage to feel unique and especially fun because of the witty dialogue and good comedic timing that blended well with the big action scenes. Director Rian Johnson managed to create an immersive Star Wars experience with The Last Jedi that new and old fans will delight in.
Some moments were a little forced and even rushed and at other times we felt like the movie dragged on a bit (it has a 2h33m running time). But overall it was a one of the most fun Star Wars movies in the franchise.
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