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ianbalish’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi has brought back the feel of the original trilogy, while staying completely unique and different.
The amount of detail in this film astonishes me. The greatest example of this was the final battle between Luke and Kylo Ren. The scene where Luke doesn’t create footprints in the salt on the mineral planet as he nears his final battle was one of the best Star Wars scenes I have ever seen. Also, the detail in Kylo Ren’s face was awesome. As he gets closer to the light, his scratch and other wounds heal, while when he is on the dark side, his wounds steadily become worse and reopen. I haven’t seen details like these in any Star Wars movie or really any futuristic/science-fiction film.
I especially liked the concept of yin yang, where both sides of a situation are intertwined. The connection between Rey and Kylo Ren stood out most to me, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi focusing more on the close relationship between good and evil instead of attempting to divide the two as seen in many of the previous films.
The cinematography was amazing, like all of the Star Wars films. The island stood out the most to me, with the mineral planet and the space chase scene also being awesome.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi also has one of my favorite movie scenes ever... yes, you guessed it. The binary sunset was one of the main reasons why I consider this Star Wars film to be the best in the series. Thinking back to Luke’s first ever moment on the screen, on Tatooine where his caretakers stand by Obi-Wan Kenobi looking out over the binary sunset, I can’t help but love the way Luke was introduced and the way he left the series.
The actors all fared near perfectly, with Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, and Oscar Isaac standing out the most with their divine performances.
The score, like the rest of the Star Wars saga, was brilliant. This particular music portrayed a more emotional aspect than the previous ones, but it still retained its Star Wars-esque style.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a near perfect addition to the famous series that I strongly recommend. It’s unique aspects show signs that Rian Johnson could return the series to its former glory as seen in the original trilogy.