thy_tomali’s review published on Letterboxd:
this right here is the best star wars movie. i will always defend this fantastic, god sent film. i don't even know where to start with this review.
the visuals and cinematography is just... breathtaking. the cgi in this, along with the rest of the trilogy, is easily the best cgi i've ever seen. the camerawork has rian johnson written all over it. he knows how to direct a movie.
the writing in this movie is beautiful. for starters, luke. i adore what they did with him. he isn't some flawless robot that so many of these people want him to be. he's an actual character with flaws and development.
luke has always acted on instincts. he nearly killed vader because he threatened to turn leia to the dark side. for the briefest moment, luke thought he could save leia and so many other lives by killing ben right then and there. all he could think about was how much good he would do. that was his mistake and he realized it. he never tried to kill ben, that somehow went over people's heads despite the movie clearly telling you what really happened. luke thought the only way to help the galaxy at that point was to exile himself and leave everything behind. he realized he can't do that, and overcame his fears. he rose up and saved the resistance, which ended up saving the galaxy.
i also loved how they did ben in this. he was torn between light and dark because of what he did to his father. rey's journey to find out who she is and what her place is in the galaxy is one i find myself relating to the most. i always struggle with my identity (who i want to be, where i fit), and rey's story helped me with that. finn's arc is probably my second favorite behind luke's. he was perfect. at the start of the movie, he was running away to save himself and rey. by the end, he was ready to die for the resistance and the galaxy. his arc brings me to my next topic, the themes.
the most prominent theme in star wars is hope and inspiration. we see that with the final scene of the movie. the "broom boy" was never meant to be some set-up. it was meant to show how the resistance (and luke in this case) inspired people and gave them hope. that's what i love so much about star wars. another subject that i thought was handled flawlessly was neutrality. the last jedi shows the audience that staying out of what's happening around you, or playing both sides in the case of war/politics, does just as much harm as the people who want to hurt the galaxy. this is what finn's arc was about. you can't just run or play the neutral side, you should stand up for what you believe in no matter what the odds are or how many disagree with you. rian johnson had a pefect balance of beautiful themes in this movie.
my final thoughts for this review are simple. rian johnson redefined the star wars franchise and what it means to me. he wrote, in my opinion, a FANTASTIC movie. his filmmaking magic made this movie become one of my all-time favorites. from the characters to the themes, this movie showed me what it means to live. i know that sounds really dramatic for an action space wizard movie, but it's true. the last jedi helped me with a lot of tough moments in my life and i'll always be grateful for that.