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Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Director: Rian Johnson
Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, and Andy Serkis
Synopsis: It carries on the Star Wars saga from where The Force Awakens left off.
I have been very fond of Rian Johnson’s previous work. I loved Looper and he directed the two best episodes of Breaking Bad, some of the finest pieces of TV I’ve ever seen. So with such a competent director and with where The Force Awakens left off, there was a lot of promise for this one.
I must say I found this to be an absolute breath of fresh air in the Star Wars franchise. When you get to the eighth film you need to start doing different things and that’s what this film did. It fits in perfectly with the continuity of the new generation of Star Wars. The Force Awakens set the series back on the right track and brought it back to its roots. With this second installment of the trilogy, we get to see some new ideas.
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Obviously, I don’t want to spoil anything but the characterization is what makes this film great. All of the characters have arcs which are on the one hand believable, but on the other hand surprising. The best example of this is with Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill in career best form. I love that he is a complex character, filled with conflict, not just a two-dimensional perfect hero. We see poor choices he has made and the consequences of those choices. Where his character is at is completely believable considering his arc and yet showing him to be so flawed is not the safe option.
I think this film is very profound in that it shows that we all fail. There are no perfect characters in this film, they all make mistakes and some of those mistakes have big consequences. This is the core of the film for me. It’s a film about how there are not really any perfect people or any special people. It is just about people doing what they think is right. I loved that.
In terms of aesthetics, the action is very well directed. There are moments which have some of the best action in the series. It’s much less action heavy than a lot of the previous films but when the action goes down it’s always awesome. A good approach really, quality over quantity.
In terms of negatives, I would say that some of the humor is a little forced and overly Marvel-esque at times, especially a moment early on with Poe. But these moments weren’t enough to ruin an entire scene for me as it seems to be with some people. Also there is one moment in particular which is getting a lot of hate which I think certainly could have been executed better, but I liked the general idea of it.
It is early to say but I would say now that this is one of my favourite Star Wars film. However, it’s refreshing in its honesty about it’s characters and I loved it. A lot of fans have been reacting negatively as it wasn’t what was expected, but sometimes you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t.
Pulse Rating: Excellent, 8/10.