Cue the John Williams score! Star Wars: The Last Jedi has officially landed in theatres around the world and critics are positively buzzing about this film.
Rey, Ren, And Skywalker
Three crucial anchors played critical parts in the latest chapter of the Star Wars saga. All eyes were firmly on Mark Hamill, who only made a brief appearance at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Luke that appears in The Last Jedi is not the same Luke Skywalker who was taught by the last two Jedi masters or bravely fought alone against Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine in Return of the Jedi. Hamill's grizzled Luke Skywalker is a gravely wounded man who is still haunted by the dark events that brought Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) to the dark side and sworn off to teach any new pupils the ways of the Jedi. Hamill commanded every scene he was in and had great chemistry with both Daisy Ridley's Rey and Driver's Kylo Ren.
Rey (Ridley), who is facing her identity crisis, persists in her mission to bring Luke Skywalker home to help General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and The Resistance, who were nearly wiped out by the First Order. Ridley brilliantly demonstrates why audiences should respect Rey and how she continues to be one of the next generation's leaders. Viewers will also be interested in the intense scenes she shares with Driver's Kylo Ren.
Driver's Kylo Ren continues to follow his grandfather's path to the dark side. While Kylo Ren is still conflicted especially in his intense showdowns with Rey, viewers will know the character's fate as the film reaches its emotional climax. Driver's performance continues to solidify his leading man status in Hollywood.
Carrie Fisher's Final Bow
Star Wars: The Last Jedi marked the final time that audiences will see Carrie Fisher portray General Leia Organa. Fans will not only appreciate Fisher's take as the franchise's Grand Dame but also hold her in the highest regard. One of Fisher's scenes as Leia showcased her understanding of the force, but it might have been the scene that originally slightly disturbed her family. Viewers should also bring tissues ready when Hamill and Fisher's characters have their last encounter near the end of the film.
Johnson Helps The Last Jedi Soar
Director-writer Rian Johnson had a lot riding on this film as Disney announced that he would be helming a new Star Wars trilogy after Episode IX. Johnson's vision will satisfy both veteran and new fans as he continued the grand storytelling traditions that both George Lucas and J.J. Abrams brought to the franchise. The pace was excellent, and Johnson introduced several new characters such as Resistance member Rose Tico (rising star Kelly Marie Tran) and DJ (Benicio del Toro), who could be strong candidates to be featured in his new trilogy. Johnson also paid homage to the characters and stories that made this franchise possible and viewers would be happy that Johnson included them in this film.
Yes, there are little disappointments such as the lack of screen time for Maz Katana (Lupita Nyong'o) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christine), but Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivers a memorable viewing experience that will satisfy fans. Grade: A-