David Ramon’s review published on Letterboxd:
What is Star Wars? What was it back then? What was it two years ago? One year ago?
What is it now?
What will it be in the future?
I am beyond eager and impatient to write up a heavy review about The Last Jedi, and I can do that right now, but a second screening is warranted for me to solidify any points I have.
This “review” is more a way for me to process what I had witnessed and in response to the polarizing opinions currently being debated between fans about the film. Before I get to that, though, I will say that there are both amazing moments and some questionable decisions made, all brought to us by the wickedly talented Rian Johnson. It is a stunning movie, no doubt about it, and that’s all I will say.
There is a titanic amount of information to take in from this movie, which is why I feel like I need to watch it again, but by no means, did I hate The Last Jedi. But hearing so much of the fandom being adamant of the film makes me come up with an unstable conclusion to my opinion of it:
I am a die-hard Star Wars fan through and through, but I get the strange sense that I’m supposed to hate this movie. It’s creeping up on me that I should believe that The Last Jedi abuses whatever’s come before it, from the original trilogy and even the prequels. It should pain me to see such a different take on something I’ve always been familiar with since childhood.
But it doesn’t.
This film contains and expresses themes of self-evolution and, what I found most prevalent, disappointment. Disappointment in oneself, expectations, and...the truth.
So...maybe that’s just what a good amount of fans are experiencing at this moment, those who hate it. The Last Jedi defies any and all expectations and I can definitely see how dissapointment will affect them so easily, but, to pull a quote I believed was a throwaway, one character says, “Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. That's the only way to become what you are meant to be.”
Some characters here are burdened with dissapointment, but find a way to embrace their failures, remember the past, and prepare themselves for the future.
And some fans need to see that. Whether they will, we shall see.
I am most definitely going to write a real review for this sooner than later, and a lengthy one it will be.
Don’t expect The Last Jedi to go your way. Rian made sure of that.
Star Wars back then belonged to the mind of a true creative force. Later it belonged to us, the fans.
Today, it belongs to everyone. And yet, to no one.
Just like the last shot of this film, it belongs to those who are willing to accept it.
Our world today is changing ever so rapidly, and we looked to Star Wars to explore the world we once knew. That is no longer the case...
And I’m ready for the change.
- I’ve made my star rating set for this film, but I’m sitting on it until it’s time.