Sarah Pittman’s review published on Letterboxd:
Let me preface this by saying that I am not a die hard Star Wars fan. I was not raised on Star Wars like many of you were. The first film of the franchise I ever saw was Force Awakens, which I enjoyed but I didn't love because I hadn't seen the previous films. I then proceeded to see Rougé One, which I didn't enjoy for the same reason. In the month leading up to Episode XIII, I finally decided to go back and watch the orginal films (episodes IV, V, and VI). I liked them a lot but I still didn't feel fully connected to the story or the characters...for some reason the magic of it all was still missing for me. I just couldn't get why everyone was so invested in this universe....but then last night I saw The Last Jedi.
I get it now. I get it.
The energy in that sold out theater was unlike anything I've ever experienced. I've never been to a premier where the audience felt that....passionate? I'm not sure if that's even the right word. It's almost like for 2 hours and 32 minutes we were all connected by some force bigger than ourselves. Even though I hadn't previously had an emotional connection to this story or these characters, I felt fully immersed in every second of it. I found myself clapping, crying, jumping up and down.
I don't know if it was the film itself or the audience or a mixture of the two, but now I think I understand all the hype over Star Wars. There is something truly magical about this franchise. Something intangible in the characters, the story, the universe itself. Perhaps it's just enough like the real world that we can see ourselves in it. Perhaps we as humans have some deep seated connection to any story about heroes and villains and good versus evil. Or perhaps it's simply that Stars Wars gives all of us, even the most pessimistic, hope.
I adored this film and I encourage anyone and everyone to go see it in theaters as soon as they can.