Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi ★★★★★

Johnson's hokey sensibilities and liberalist streak do show their age, and its more textured filmic canvas is still occasionally smeared by dodgy aesthetics of a 2010's Disney blockbuster. But this is the only modern Star Wars to not only be in touch with its own legacy, but with the breadth of cinematic history that the original film was famously built upon. Johnson not only elaborates on and reconfigures themes essential to either of Lucas' trilogies; he does so by similarly repurposing imagery and visual language from cinema's past, forging them into his own cohesive vision. Quoting Kurosawa, Henry King, Powell & Pressburger, and even Hitchcock was no fluke. Like poetry, it rhymes.

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