Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi ★★★½

So after taking me a month to finally get round to seeing this damn thing, because I've had other commitments than go to the cinema over the Christmas break, I've bitten the bullet and treat myself to The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson's follow-up to J. J. Abrams's effort all the way back in 2015, The Last Jedi is a faithful and commendable sequel. But I had a strange feeling when I left the multiplex last night, a feeling that left me very uncertain with what I sat through - over 2-and-a-half hours of it at least. And I never really had that sense of conflict before for a huge, multi-million dollar blockbuster, let alone a Star Wars movie.

Firstly, I commend Johnson's tight ability to keep me engaged throughout its long runtime, even if there are many plot contrivances and devices used to get the ball rolling. This isn't an issue for me unless of course, the film seeks to answer the tiniest of questions that no-one cares about, I'm looking at you Rogue One! Thankfully, The Last Jedi steers clear from this pot-hole entirely and offers a fresh insight into the events at hand. This is not a carbon copy of Kershner's The Empire Strikes Back as many people would have you believe. There are textuality and mythos to be had, especially when its expressed between Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver, who honestly, both steal the show for me.

Driver especially plays a more tormented antagonist that builds up from The Force Awakens, who at this point is everyone's favourite pet crush even if you're a man. But if The Last Jedi successfully continues to strengthen the foundations set-up by its predecessors, in this installment at least, it feels like Johnson has placed all his cards on the table without giving any thought with what he's actually just done. Or maybe he has thought about it carefully, but I'm still left unsure about how the final part of this sequel trilogy is going to play out. It's like a clash between Empire and Return of the Jedi without going into spoiler territory for those who have yet to see it.

The Last Jedi still manages to successfully cross the finish line, however. This certainly isn't the worst Star Wars movie by any stretch of the imagination as many people say, (that distinction still goes to The Holiday Special which I had to force myself to painfully remember that piece of Wookie dung). The Last Jedi's heart is in the right place, so, therefore, it is worth a watch. Just wait until it comes out on home media; I know I will have to in order to confirm my feelings on it.

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