Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi ★★★

"You're no Vader. You're just a child, in a mask."
- Grandpa Snope

Spot on Grandpa. And you ain't no Palpatine either buddy!

Despite all the CGI wizardry and another outstanding soundtrack from John Williams, I found Edisode VIII: The Last Jedi to be a lukewarm dissapointment. Luke. Ha. Oops, I digress...

With a bad guy not even close to the level of abject evil delivered by the wonderfully treacherous Palpatine, a distinct lack of creatures (except for the Disney-esque plush-toy-sale-ready Porgs) and some fairly flat performances from our new hero team, this is one of the weakest in the series.

Technically, there's no doubt that this is a beautiful film and the space battle scenes are especially lovely. Watching the bombing run on the Dreadnought is still a wonderfully well paced sequence, and it comes with all the romantic intensity we've all come to expect from the big D.

Mark Hammill is said to have provided some direct feedback to director Rian Johnson regarding his character Luke Skywalker when he read the script: "I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you've made for this character". I was having similar thoughts as I watched.

Overall though, the story just meanders and plods around without ever really shifting into top gear. This may have been why I lost interest in the series at this stage the first time round, but like a (storm)trooper, I'll press on.

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