Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi ★★★★

Rian Johnson's Episode VIII builds well on what was left in his hands: an open table, with not very developed villain characters. 

This one moves the universe forward in an exciting way, bolder than before. Especially the writing succeeds in taking Kylo and Luke's characters to a new, infinitely more interesting level, which also works as a compliment for the director and the actors respectively. Adam Driver truly unveils himself and launches his character to the universe this time. Mark Hamill makes quite a brilliant comeback, possibly his most convincing performance for me. I wasn't a huge fan of his acting in the original trilogy, this was the first time I was genuinely impressed by him. Maybe the elder charm and the powerful sensei aura suited him. 

As for the villain writing, even Domnhall Gleeson character (whose name I will never remember) made much more sense this time, which made me like his performance too. His presence works well in every scene he's in.

The central heroes introduced last time don't really get as much exposure this time. Finn seems a minor character this time as there was seemingly no room for him in Rey's storyline. Poe is this time perhaps more central of these two buddies, but I still feel Oscar Isaac is terribly underused for an actor of his qualities. Then again I don't know if there's much potential growth in his character. Even Rey's story feels more significant for Kylo and Luke's plots than for the character herself, though it definitely builds a strong basis for her future role in all this.

I can't help getting chills when John Williams legendary pieces of music are combined with the writing they deserve. This film is really compelling in the audiovisual level for me, if that makes any sense. I quite loved the whole technical execution. And foor someone who does not feel overly passionate towards Star Wars, or Rian Johnson for that matter, this was a captivating, fulfilling, entertaining experience of cinema in the heritage of Star Wars. Perfectly worth all my money.

I really didn't think they got much out of Leia, but she was handled decently enough and I don't feel like I need to get deeper into that. 

Rest in peace, Carrie Fisher.

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