Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi ★★★★★

We are the spark. 

Is anyone even surprised?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a *magnificent* expansion on J.J. Abrams’ decidedly safe, extremely Star Wars-y The Force Awakens. Rian Johnson’s film works on just about every level; narratively, thematically, episodically, mythically. Johnson has created a film that fits perfectly into this saga, an entirely thrilling middle chapter in the brilliant sequel trilogy. 
The driving force of the film is the unpredictability found in both Rey and Kylo Ren. This dynamic is beautifully fleshed out by Johnson, who takes marvelous care of these characters, paying respect where it’s due at every turn. The ones he introduces are wonderful additions, ones that I constantly wanted to see more of. 
This is a film about characters through and through, and it’s amazingly contained. I don’t want to spoil, so I won’t, but think Fury Road when I describe the plot. There’s a total of three locations in this movie, and they all work spectacularly, especially the nowhere-to-run climax of the film. 
I can’t stress just how beautiful the whole thing is. Steve Yedlin’s cinematography is the best in any of these films, by quite the distance. The constant red motifs are striking in a way that a Star Wars film somehow never has been. The sequences on Ach-To are gorgeous, with the endless oceans and torrential downpours. 
As a fan of Star Wars, of the lore, of the characters - this movie fucking ruled. There are all-time moments in this one. Rian Johnson absolutely knocked it out of the park.

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