JC13’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. That's the only way to become what you are meant to be."
When John Williams' iconic theme began as the opening title crawl started, I got the chills. I think it's impossible not to get the chills hearing and seeing that in the theaters if your a big Star Wars fan. I saw this one last night, but it was a lot to digest, so I'm only just reviewing it now nearly 24 hours after I saw it. Where to start? Well, since I already mentioned John Williams, I'll start with the score. Just like The Force Awakens I felt the score for this one was pretty good, but there weren't really any new tracks that stood out that much. All the best music moments were tracks from some of the older films, which was a bit of a letdown.
Critics seem to love this movie, whereas the fan vote seems more split. I can completely understand why some people don't like the movie, because I definitely had some problems with it. I don't want to get into any spoilers, but there were a few little moments that I kind of hated and a lot of the humor was really forced and felt out of place. The story is more interesting than its predecessor's and it takes more risks, but it's also messier and more flawed. Some of the risks payed off, some of them didn't. I was looking forward to Supreme Leader Snoke in this one and I still wasn't a big fan of his design and I found the CGI work on the character to be lacking, but Andy Serkis was quite good and made me like the character. Snoke had some great moments. I was also looking forward to Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron having an expanded role and he ended up being one of the best parts of this movie.
General Hux was a bit better in this movie than in the previous one, where he was a bit of a joke (due to Domhnall Gleeson's performance) because they seemed to not take him seriously. Captain Phasma was disappointing once again though. As for the new characters, some of them worked better than others. Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro were both good and I liked their characters and Kelly Marie Tran was solid too. A lot of people don't seem to like the Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) and Finn subplot, but I didn't mind it too much, even if a lot of it wasn't really necessary. Like I said, the film was messy at times. It has a lot of really good stuff though and a few great one's as well. I loved seeing Mark Hamill return as Luke Skywalker and he delivered the film's best performance. The stuff with he and Rey on the island was well handled.
The film has some surprises along the way and some of them I liked, some of them I didn't. One of my favorite things about the movie was Kylo Ren's arc. It went to some unexpected places, but I really liked it and am excited to see where they'll take his character in the final chapter of the trilogy. The film has some fun action scenes and despite it's running time being over two and a half hours, I felt it was pretty well paced most of the time. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is far from perfect and was admittedly a bit disappointing, but overall I thought it was pretty good and I definitely want to watch it again in order to fully process everything. 7/10