Review: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”


Caleb Nogast, Staff Writer

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is the eighth, longest and most divisive installment in the Skywalker saga. “The Last Jedi” has some amazing moments as well as some that make the audience wonder what the writers were thinking. “The Last Jedi” features an incredible cast of characters and jaw-dropping scenes. On top of that, there are a lot of emotional and thrilling scenes to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. The biggest takeaway from the film, though, is a quote from Luke Skywalker himself: “this is not going to go the way that you think.”

Luke Skywalker’s quote is one of two things that the writers tried to establish as a theme for the movie. The other is a quote from Kylo Ren, the main villain of the film, and that quote is, “Let the past die. Kill it if you have to.” Johnson does just that on many occasions in the film. Many of the decisions made in “The Last Jedi” either kill or destroy things from previous movies. It seemed like the writers particularly enjoyed destroying everything that J.J. Abrams built in the previous movie, “The Force Awakens.” This is what made the film so divisive among fans and led to a 49 percent fan score on Rotten Tomatoes.

There was not as much action in “The Last Jedi” compared to other films, but when there was action, it was some of the best in the whole series. Johnson did an incredible job with the fight scenes and space battles. The best action sequence in the whole movie involves the main hero, Rey, Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke’s guards fighting in Snoke’s throne room. The Throne Room fight is followed by the most stunning scene in “Star Wars” history, involving new character Vice Admiral Holdo and Snoke’s ship. Every scene in this movie is beautiful, and the only lacking scene is an awkward one where General Leia acts like Mary Poppins.

While “The Last Jedi” had many great moments, it still had its flaws. There is an entire subplot involving Finn and new character Rose that is boring, weird and adds nothing to the plot. Sadly, this subplot takes up a long portion of the movie. There is another subplot in the movie involving Poe, Holdo and Leia that was also unnecessary to the movie, could be solved with one simple sentence and, worst of all, takes up a long stretch of time. It almost feels like the writers forgot about all of the side characters, so they thought of the cheapest ways to get them screen time. Every time the movie goes away from Rey, Kylo Ren or Luke Skywalker, it loses a bit of its momentum and pacing. Johnson and the writers took so much time with the side characters that it feels like the side and main characters have very similar screen time, ultimately hurting the movie.

Luckily, “The Last Jedi” has enough going for it that the two terrible subplots and poor character development do not make it a poor movie. Daisy Ridley as Rey, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker are what make this a great movie; just about every scene in the film with these characters is amazing. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is one of the most unpredictable movies ever made. Even for those non-fans of “Star Wars” out there, this movie deserves to be watched.