Title: Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
Directed by: Rian Johnson
Written by: Rian Johnson
Based on: Characters by George Lucas
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, Frank Oz, Billie Lourd, Joonas Suotama, Lupita Nyong’o, and Jimmy Vee
Music by: John Williams
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Running Time: 152 minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence
Production Company: Lucasfilm Ltd.
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey (Daisy Ridley), a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia (Carrie Fisher) and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.
Finally, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi or known as Star Wars: The Last Jedi is here! I’ve been waiting for this film since I finished watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). I don’t grow up liking Star Wars, I only start to like this huge franchise when I was about to graduate from university. I am not a huge fan of Star Wars like most people out there, but I am a fan. I love the films, I love many of the characters in the films, I even have some Lego Star Wars, though the small one—not the big giant spaceship and such. So yeah, I really was looking forward to this film. That’s why I watched this film right away when it first came to the theatre last week. Well, maybe not the first day it was released but the second day. It’s a mixed feeling when I watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi because I know this is the last film of Carrie Fisher before she passed away last year. This film is really dedicated to her. So, let’s start talking about the film.
Luke Skywalker: Where are you from?
Luke Skywalker: Nobody is from nowhere.
Rey: Jakku. I’m from Jakku.
Luke Skywalker: Yeah, that’s pretty much nowhere.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi begins by picking up where the last film was left off. It’s time for Rey to learn the Force with Jedi Master, Luke Skywalker. I was expecting that this film would be like the remake of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), just like Star Wars: The Force Awakens that felt like the remake of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). Fortunately, I was wrong. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is nothing like Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. I won’t say it’s better, but this film is definitely unpredictable. You basically couldn’t predict what happened next. When you thought of one thing, the other thing happened. This film is pretty much enjoyable to watch.
Like Murder on the Orient Express (2017), Star Wars: The Last Jedi also received mixed reviews. I, myself, don’t think this film is bad, but is it satisfying enough or is it better than the predecessors? I don’t think so. This film is definitely not without flaws. There are still so many questions in my mind right now. They did mention about Rey’s parents but like the original Star Wars, there’s always a twist. Like how Obi-Wan Kenobi used to say Darth Vader killed Luke Skywalker’s father and apparently that wasn’t the case. I believe this time it’s the case for Rey’s parent. At least, that’s what I was hoping for, a twist rather than just something ordinary like that. Or else, I would end up extremely disappointed by this film and they still have one film left. So let’s just judge it after the third film coming up. I still have hope about Rey. I’m a bit disappointed about Supreme Leader Snoke. I believe they could do better than that anti-climaxing story, really. What’s his story anyway? I was hoping we would be given more enlightenment about him. I think I should stop here before I started to spoil everything. Let’s just say, I enjoy watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I really do. The action sequences are good, the battle scenes seemed great like all Star Wars films have, but there are some things in Star Wars: The Last Jedi that I expected to be much more than that. With 152 minutes long, there are still so many plot holes in this film. I hope they would cover it all up in the third film because if they don’t, I bet there would be so much rage and an angry mob at the end of this huge franchise. Seriously, Star Wars is one of the highest film franchises and people love it so much. They have so many expectations to it and therefore, J. J. Abrams better not disappointed us in the third instalment of this sequel trilogy.
Darth Vader is a memorable villain and he’s been an all-time favourite of so many people. Darth Vader is also one of my favourite villains too. This time, Kylo Ren is the new villain. Kylo Ren made a very interesting villain because we don’t know if he has truly gone to the dark side or there’s still light in him. Up until this point, his moves were still unpredictable and I’m looking forward to his story on the third instalment. Adam Driver portrayed the character really good and very convincing. His facial expressions didn’t lie because you could actually see him conflicting inside. I also think Daisy Ridley did a good job in portraying Rey. His acting is great, her facial expressions were spot on, and her fighting skill is amazing. John Boyega and Oscar Isaac were also still the same, if not even better in portraying their characters. They gave us some laughs in the middle of those tension scenes, which I thought brilliant. It didn’t make the tension reduced but the laughs did give us some refreshment. John Boyega as Finn still has his own screen time and now with a new character named Rose Tico, played by Kelly Marie Tran. As for Oscar Isaac, if any of you like Poe Dameron since Star Wars: The Force Awakens, do rejoice. You’ll see his character more in the film.
However, like all Star Wars fans out there, I’ve been waiting to see Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa. Especially when this would be the last time we saw our dearly departed Carrie Fisher playing the legendary princess. My heart breaks as the screen showed words that said, “In Loving Memory of our Princess: Carrie Fisher”. Carrie Fisher will always be our beloved princess. Her Princess Leia will forever be on everyone’s mind and heart. She will be forever missed. To be honest, every time I saw her in the film, my heart breaks. It’s just sad but Carrie Fisher’s performance in this film was so amazing and beautiful. So did Mark Hamill. I was hoping how they would reunite Luke Skywalker with her beloved twin sister, Leia Organa, and they answered it beautifully in the film. Seriously, the reunited scene was beautiful and somewhat heartbreaking as well. Since the sequel trilogy Star Wars is about the new generation of heroes, it’s not surprising that Luke Skywalker didn’t get as much screen time as before. Still, Mark Hamill did great in portraying his character. He still has his moves because his fighting scene was still entertaining and mesmerizing. I kind of understand why his personality has changed. With what happened to Ben Solo a.k.a. Kylo Ren, he must be devastated, though it some ways, kind of exaggerated. I was hoping to see the old Luke Skywalker that we all know but it seemed like Rian Johnson has something else in mind. I am glad that they didn’t change a thing about Leia Organa’s story just because Carrie Fisher is no longer here to surpass her role in the third film. I would like to think it as an honour for her. However, how they would alternate the story later on, is something that everyone’s been questioning. Still, I’m glad to see all of Carrie Fisher’s last performance. I like the fact that we were able to see some old faces. I won’t name who, but let me tell you, it’s one of my all-time Star Wars favourite characters. It’s not for long but it’s enough to treat the longing.
When I thought I’ve seen enough creatures in Star Wars films, they gave us a new one—or several new ones. My favourite creatures were Ewok and Chewbacca. Both of those creatures were just so cute, especially Ewok. You basically wanted to cuddle it. Now this time, they gave us Porg, Vultpex, Fathier and the fish Caretakers. Porg is some sort of bird that in my opinion kind of look like an owl—or maybe not? I don’t know. However, what I do know is Porg is a really cute bird. I would like to see them more again in the third instalment. As for Vultpex, it is a crystalline ice fox. It’s cute in some ways but more than that, Vultpex is a very cool animal. Fathier is some sort of racing horse and fish Caretakers us basically a fish that can walk and take care of things. You’ll know what I meant when you watch the film. I always want an Ewok but now, I also want a Porg and a Vultpex. Seriously, they are so adorable. Porg has definitely given us some entertaining and funny scenes. I am pretty sure everyone would laugh whenever those Porgs were on screen because, they were that funny, cute, and adorable. R2-D2, C-3PO, and BB-8 are always everyone’s all-time favourite droids. They also managed to make things funnier and more fun.
In terms of visual, Star Wars: The Last Jedi provided a very beautiful one. The special effects were amazing, just like all Star Wars films always have. The battle sequences were great with all those laser beams and such. It’s what made Star Wars so special. They also have picked beautiful places as their location, mainly where Luke Skywalker has been hiding. The costume still so Star Wars and so do all the spaceships. I’ve seen the lightsaber so many times and up until now, it is still one of the coolest weapons ever. I won’t mind having one, really. Who doesn’t anyway? Especially if you’re a Star Wars fan.
All in all, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a fun and entertaining film. I enjoy watching it. I love many moments in the film, though I do hate some other parts of the film. I’m not saying Rian Johnson did a worse job but there are some flaws in the film that I believe made Star Wars fans disappointed. I too would be very disappointed if they didn’t try to redeem it in the next film. I already have, but I still have my hope and faith in the story. Yeah, call me an optimistic, but we do still have one film left so let’s just hope it would be better. Regardless, I like the fact that Star Wars: The Last Jedi didn’t look like a remake of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Don’t get me wrong. I love Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. I mean, who doesn’t anyway? I just don’t want another remake. What’s to remake when the film is doing just fine? What we need is a new story that still feels so Star Wars. Star Wars: The Last Jedi has it. It’s not satisfying all the time but it definitely has its moments. I know many people said that this film doesn’t feel like Star Wars and I won’t say them wrong. It is different, yes. Although for the good or worse, we shall see it after the third instalment. In spite of everything, I do enjoy Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I know some of you may not and I do understand why. The film still has many flaws and I still have some disappointments. On the other hand, I can’t lie that I didn’t enjoy the film because I really did enjoy it. I think this film is entertaining at some points. However, I do have high hopes for the third film. I really want the filmmakers to repay all the disappointments from Star Wars: The Last Jedi—no pressure there. Carrie Fisher will be missed for sure. She and Princess Leia will forever be in our heart.
I give Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi 8 out of 10 stars.