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Naz’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
I f@#kin' loved it. As much as I did Blade Runner 2049. Two different visions of the future — one much more grounded in our world, and the other in a galaxy far, far away.
Yet, one is much more of a human film, whilst the other is concerned with technology at large. Can you guess to which I refer?
Trick question. Both.
It's the first Star Wars film without a proper cliffhanger or continuation. In fact, I felt as if by the end, it stood alone, the end. It could leave us hanging here with a thread of hope, knowing that somehow the protagonists would keep going and eventually win. I felt closure.
And to that point, I have NO IDEA what will happen next. I truly am left wondering. The motivations and complexities of the characters and their motivations are murkier than ever, in the best way possible. This is not a movie that is strictly about good and evil, right or wrong — it is a movie about well-intentioned actions that are miscommunicated or seen from a different perspective.
It is truly the first smart Star Wars film.
But it is also it's funniest. I almost felt guilty for laughing as much in this film.
One of my favourite parts about watching this film in the theater was when Laura Dern's Holdo uses lightspeed in the best way possible and slices through the First Order's armada — the beautiful silence that happened next, punctuated by a child in the audience going, "Wow." We all chuckled and clapped.
What a great cast, what a great director, and writer.
That is what a movie can be. That is what a Star Wars movie is.