Ab’s review published on Letterboxd:
Don’t mind me, just rewatched the best Star Wars movie. The Last Jedi is one of the biggest inspirations of mine for wanting to get into filmmaking, the way it’s shaped me over the years, the way I’ve grown to love it, studying the different themes and messages, etc. I love how character driven it is. I love how practically and passionately it was made. Rian Johnson is a Star Wars fan and he loves this franchise, and that’s extremely evident here.
I love how intimate some of the moments are, how they’re used to develop certain characters further. I love all the characters in this film, even ones like Rose and Holdo. He took characters like Luke, whom I personally found to be a little one note in the original trilogy, even more layered and inspiring. He made them human and gave them genuinely interesting flaws. Luke’s journey is one I personally connect with now and I’ll forever be thankful of that. Plus Mark Hamill’s performance is just outstanding and easily one of my favourites of all time.
Rian’s whole style is just phenomenal and this shitty fanbase didn’t deserve him. He’s easily one of my favourite directors and his writing is so so damn powerful. I could just go on and on all day about the complexity behind the screenplay and how well it achieves at what it set out to do. There’s a handful of beautiful scenes that I can just pick out from the top of my head and write pages and pages about them.
The main message Rian tried to get across is that heroes and legends can be anyone and can come from anywhere, he tried to take this already huge galaxy and make it even bigger and more personal. And you know what? It really fucking works. Oh yeah and this is for sure one of the best looking films of the last few decades.
I can confidently say that this is one of the very few films I think is completely flawless and I’m not kidding when I say this either; The Last Jedi changed my life. I’ve learned a lot from it and I’m sure I will continue to do so.
Thank you Rian Johnson.
“The greatest teacher, failure is.”