Movie Review: STAR WARS: The Last Jedi (2017)
The Last Jedi takes off from where the past portion closed down and follows two all the while unfurling storylines. One follows Rey who has at long last discovered Luke Skywalker yet her expectations of selecting him to the Resistance crash and burn when he won’t get back from his deliberate outcast. Yet he eventually consents to assist Ray with building up her newfound capacities. The other section concerns The First Order that has the Resistance barely hanging on. Then, both Rey and Kylo Ren find that they can speak with one another through the Force. Ren uses this advantage to lure Rey into a trap but does eventually help her in killing Snoke. Though, Rey doesn’t believe in his methods and decides to help her friends against his First Order.
From Director Rian Johnson, The Last Jedi uses the apparent multitude of thoughts that were set up by its predecessor to set up its own journey. The plot is engaging but digresses a bit from its course. Brimming with good pacing and no major issues, the film is an enjoyable ride from start to complete. Yes, there are some unnecessary scenes that could’ve been easily avoided if Editing was given a little more attention but it’s nothing major. Johnson had such a large number of thoughts for this continuation and presumably well used every one of them in the last print yet presenting them into a strong structure.
Its brilliantly definite set-pieces and powerful locations remain consistent with the Star Wars universe. Cinematography utilizes the camera in a controlled manner, catching every second with clearness, and utilizes the accessible shading palette, particularly the red tones that are intensely applied to various set pieces. Editing is okay but could’ve been better. The Visualizations are consistent. John Williams doesn’t show any misfortune in structure and contributes with another fitting soundtrack yet that is normal from the unbelievable writer.
Acting-wise, the best performance arrives from Mark Hamill who plays Luke Skywalker better than he could possibly do previously. Carrie Fisher likewise stands her ground as General Leia. Daisy Ridley expands on her last demonstration to convey another solid exhibition as Rey. Adam Driver further holds onto the clouded side as Kylo Ren with a genuinely clashing input. The character development for both Rey and Kylo are some of the best in the entire saga. You could really feel why they are taking certain decisions which made it hard to choose a side. Additionally, the chemistry between Rey and Ren conveys a very bright sparkle. John Boyega’s Finn has grows more and continues the good character arc from The Force Awakens. Andy Serkis truly takes advantage of his restricted screen time as Supreme Leader Snoke. Poe Dameron, played by Oscar Isaac, is okay in this section but he certainly can offer so much more. Domhnall Gleeson is amazing in the part of General Hux. The new cast of Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro, and Kelly Marie Tran also do well in their respective roles.
Overall, The Last Jedi capitalizes on the canvas that was given to it by The Force Awakens and is a great entry that takes advantage of Rian Johnson’s focused direction and engaging content. The most divisive entry in the saga and probably the most divisive film in history. It might be divisive amongst the fans but it certainly wasn’t for neither the critics nor me. I might love this franchise for its crowd-pleasing abilities but apart from Star Wars, I only like films which are dark or films which take chances and Rian Johnson certainly took this film in that direction. With his complex ideas and more serious and meaningful themes, he takes this franchise to uncharted waters. Say whatever as you may but this is certainly right up there with first place. The Empire Strikes Back takes that place only because it was a Star Wars film for how the franchise has always been but technically, The Last Jedi is no less than it. Arguments will always be associated when this film is mentioned but a person who truly understands cinema will have to agree that this is not just a great Star Wars film but rather one of the best franchise films in history!
K- SCORE: 95%
STW: 28/30, D: 24/25, C: 8/8, E: 3/5, A: 10/10, PVD: 12/12, S: 10/10