ash’s review published on Letterboxd:
BUT WHAT ABOUT BEN SWOLO AND A SEVERELY BEHEADED SNOKE?!
I love this film. So so so so so much. I know it gets tons of backlash and hate, but I love it. It’s personally one of the best Star Wars films, and my favourite, only behind The Force Awakens and The Empire Strikes Back.
THERE’s SO MUCH that’s so fitting about the film. Sure there’s parts that feel unnecessary, like the overly drawn out Canto Bight sequence which feels unnecessary, but I will not be wasting my efforts to bash such a great film.
The Last Jedi is the truest form of the Jedi way and the balance of the For e yet. I is completely faithful and truthful in its portrayal of the balance of the Force, purposefully talking about inaction which balances things out sometimes over action. In that way, it is smart.
Rian Johnson’s direction is smart and creative, linking this to parts of the prequels’ massive ambitions and expansive natures. It’s fun and adventurous like most Star Wars films, but knows when to be dark and gritty.
The cinematography is simply the best of the franchise. It is the best looking, most gorgeous, most brilliantly and vividly captured Star Wars film to date. I am always fully in awe of just how well the film captures the conflicted universe of Star Wars, as well as just how beautiful and present the perfect colour grading is.
It probably has some of my favourite colour grading in any film, especially during Rey’s training sequence where the glowing blue line of her lightsaber conflicts the darker grey-ish blue to the sky and the greens and browns in the surrounding mountainous landscape.
It also provides a fitting end to Luke’s path, ending his story how we started it, with him at peace, watching over a Binary Sunset. The moment feels so true to the originality of A New Hope and it’s so well-earned and heartfelt.
The Last Jedi is undoubtedly one of the best Star Wars films and a large part of that is owed to Rian Johnson’s confident, charismatic, and inventive directing. Lightsaber battles are fun and purposeful and the story is carried on so brilliantly. The film is crafted so well.
To all the haters, all I have to say is I feel sorry you don’t like this film, because there’s so much to appreciate and love. I love Rian Johnson and his work on this film. I love The Last Jedi.