Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi ★★★½

*Star Wars logo shows as the film iconic fanfare plays*

*Scrolling text*And at last we've arrived to perhaps the most conflicting and divisive film in the entire franchise.

Not gonna lie, I came in with a lot of baggage after watching and listening to the reviews then. To my surprise, it wasn't that bad. But there seem to be something missing.

Did I find what I was looking for then on my second viewing....?*Scrolling text*

From all the reviews I heard and read about ROTS, it looks like I was right. Johnson went in with any sort of a roadmap, way too much creative control AND, most importantly, it confirms my biggest suspicion of all: Luke throwing down the lightsaber was Rian telling fans to F*** off.

Now, don't get me wrong, I still like Johnson. Damn! In a twist of an irony, my theater actually premiered Rise (which I am watching in about 4hrs in Dolby Atmos, sorta IMAX glory) and Knives Out (which I am taking my mom to watch tomorrow, so expect that late that day) - so he as a director and a writer has some great talent and ideas. He had a great ambition, and many of it can be highly appreciate it througout the runtime. Sadly, Lucasfilm right now is missing a strong leading hand a la Kevin Feige or a Walter Hamada or *insert a great showrunner's name*. TLJ is the perfect example. Say whatever you want about George Lucas and the prequel, at least they had a coherent beginning, middle and end structure - it was all leading to something and every piece belong to the same puzzle. Not here.

Despite all of this, its clear for my rating I don't HATE this movie. And that's because of the behind the scene bs, there's a little diamond in the rough:

-The photography is perhaps the greatest out of all the franchise. That whole planet with the rend sand alone was just AAMAAZING.

-The visuals here are also about the most inventive in the entire saga, since, perhaps the original trilogy. Even though, to be honest, this one in some way seem to actually make some of those in here look much better.

-There's still a nice sense of adventure throughout the movie. Each story arc were good enough, though they seem a bit detached from each other. Nevertheless, I had some sort of good time. Man! Even the infamous Cantor sequence was kinda nice with all the little references and all. Though from what I've been told, those kids ain't going nowhere.

-The comedy was also good. I remember it to be muuuuuuuuuuuuuch worse, especially with General Hux. I remember him to be just a clown, and not this Hitler figure that was kinda portrayed in TFA. He still looks and acts very dumb and is treated like piece of sh*t, but upon second viewing, its not as annoying.

-Speaking of characters, I didn't like Kylo Ren the first time I watched this movie. He still not as threatening as on his first appereance, but at least he didn't come up looking as some whinny little emo kid.

-Rey... oh Rey... To be honest, upon second viewing, she didn't look that much of a Mary Sue. But man, I hope ROTS confirms what I've been thinking since her first inception and that all of her over-power comes because she either belongs to a cousin or something from the Skywalkers or when she touched Luke's lightsaber, she got all of his skills transferred upon her.

All in all, this was a decent entry into the saga plagued with many narrative issues that betrays what came before just for the sake of. I would be still be good with a trilogy by Johnson where he can freely experiment with his own idea without being attached to a story-arc.

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