Will Wright’s review published on Letterboxd:
I just about nearly shat myself when I went onto Disney+ and it told me that The Last Jedi wouldn’t be available until December 26th. Then—whoopsies—I remembered that Netflix still existed.
Wow. I hadn’t watched the seventh Star Wars since July of 2018; well over a year ago. Two evenings earlier, I watched The Force Awakens, which I hadn’t seen since December 14th, 2017—the day I also watched The Last Jedi for the first time.
My sixth viewing of The Last Jedi solidified, for me, that it is one of the universe’s best films. I watched it with my partner who had never seen it before as well as my roommate who, on the other hand, had. Viewing it with two non-diehard Star Wars fans who are well-versed in movies reaffirmed by feelings tenfold; the emotion is there. The story is there. The spectacle is there. It's a kickass movie.
Additionally, this viewing also solidified what a super-good-yet-somehow-incredibly-just-okay movie The Force Awakens is.
I like The Force Awakens a lot—it's good. Don’t get me wrong. That said, it just… doesn’t do anything new nor incredibly exciting. The Last Jedi, though, has things that were new. It diverges from the predictable, typical Star Wars tropes and story structure (that we all know and love!) in a way that elevates the entire franchise rather than destroys it as so many fans contest.
This realization has made me wary of JJ taking on The Rise of Skywalker and the inevitable course-correction (“correction”) that is to come when I sit my butt down for also two and a half hours on Thursday at 6:30 pm. I can only hope that my fears here are all for naught and that I have the time of my life surrounded by some of my closest friends, transported far, far away from Rian haters and toxic fandom…
Good luck to all my friends avoiding spoilers and gearing up for this week’s festivities—may the force be with you all!