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DeniseeMariee’s review published on Letterboxd:
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We need to talk about Luke Skywalker.
Luke Skywalker, a kid who blew up the Death Star, a man that saved the most evil guy in the galaxy simply because he believed he had good left in him. Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, the legend that ended a war.
I love this character as much as most people do. I really do think he's the most important character in Star Wars history, and one of the best written heroes in all of history.
He believed in the good in everyone and believed in himself the most.
Until another war broke out. Until he saw the darkness in his own nephew. Until he no longer saw the good in someone that he was supposed to train and protect. And that scared him into hiding.
I know a lot of people don't like his arc in this. I've heard people claim it has ruined Luke for them, that Luke would never shy away from a fight. I understand. It's a tough thing to accept; your childhood hero is different than what you imagined him to be 30 years later. But for Luke to be the same person he was then makes absolutely no sense.
It's impossible to be the same person you were when you were a young man, especially after all the things Luke has been through. Loss, expectation, and most importantly failure takes an extreme toll on a person. While his optimism is all but gone in this film, the little Luke-isms still embed themselves into everything he does.
Hell, his decision to NOT kill Kylo even though he knows what he's going to become is all Luke. His immediate guilt afterwards is completely in character. It's a show of weakness that people deem uncharacteristic of him.
Being a hero does not mean being without weakness. It means accepting those weaknesses and doing the right thing in spite of them.
The ending of this film really solidifies that while Luke was beaten down, broken, and ready to die, he still had that spark that made him leave Tatooine to embark on a galactic adventure with an old man and some droids all those years ago. It's the spark that pulled him back from killing Vader. And it is his spark that saves the entire Resistance. That's a hero.
I don't personally see how people don't see "Their Luke" in this movie. This is all my Luke. This is Jedi Master Luke: a legend and ultimately, a human.