Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi ★★★½

Really don’t understand the level of vitriol that The Last Jedi has been met with; it’s got problems like any Star Wars movie, but nothing which marks it as explicitly blasphemous. I’ll admit that the Rose/Finn and Poe/Holdo plotlines were not all-time favorites for me, but at least the former shows a universe beyond the protagonists, and the latter ends with the single best visual in the whole franchise (the lightspeed ram). As for Luke/Rey/Kylo, their respective arc(s) work perfectly, both as a subversion of audience expectations and as a conclusion to the Jedi and Sith parallels. Strikes me as in-character for Luke to be emotionally rash when dealing with Ren, as he behaved similarly throughout the originals. Honestly, people could stand to treat these movies with less religious reverence. At the end of the day it’s just a brand.

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