Chris’ Movie Review
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Rating: 6/10 (Fine)
Recommendation: Pay The 8
I’ve been wanting this movie since The Force Awakens ended. I binged the original Star Wars (And Rogue One just to remind myself how mediocre it was) to prepare myself and now it’s time. It’s time to review this film.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Mark Hamill (Luke), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Carrie Fisher (Leia), Oscar Isaac (Poe), Andy Serkis (Snoke).
After destroying, look it was a Death star, Rey has now met up with Luke Skywalker. She is determined for him to comeback and be the savior the Galaxy needs.
And I’ll just stop there.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a film that had so many theories and predictions that it became one of the most hyped movies of the year. And it’s safe to say that you might get some of those answered or won’t. That’s up too how invested you are with the franchise.
For starters, the acting ranges from average to good. For instance, Mark is average. He’s honestly a better voice actor than anything. Daisy is pretty good. She really sells the role of Rey and is a good main character. And then there’s Adam Driver who is just a knockout. Every time he’s on screen he’s interesting in one way or another. You’re never sure what he’s going to do and he keeps you on the edge of your seat. I honestly want more of him.
Now I’m going to touch base on this real quick but we all know that Carrie Fisher passed away. She’s in this film for a significant amount of time too. For some this will break your heart. For others, she’s okay.
Look, I grew up with Star Wars but she never really connected with me that well as a character and her acting is so so at best. But I’ll say this. Carrie is a legend. Even if I don’t like her as much as the next person, she is still very important to the film industry. She left a mark and that will be taken away from her. Carrie might not be my favorite, but her legacy will live on forever.
The action scenes are well done in this movie. The lightsaber fights are a ton of fun and well executed. The space fights are fun and entertaining. The CGI looks pretty good for the most part. If there’s one thing Star Wars really hasn’t gotten wrong over the years, that would be it’s action sequences.
So I have issues. One being Finn and the new character Rose. Their scenes are just boring. They go on a mission to help save a ship but every time they come on screen I just don’t care. And I legitimately like Finn a whole lot too.
The issue with these scenes is that they feel like filler. They have some sort of a significance to the overall story but they seem to be there to fill out the runtime. If they would have spent less time with Finn and Rose, I think it would’ve been fine to have this side plot but they would always cut in to make sure you remembered their story, even if you didn’t want too.
Another hit is the editing. There is a severe lack of continuity in this film. Scenes just jump out of no where and it feels “Oh that’s cool. Wait. We’re over here now? Okay….” They just transition without warning and it gives the movie a jolting feel. Now it does get better as the film goes on but it still shows up every so often.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a movie that I can’t say much more without dropping spoilers or my personal problems with it. Look, it’s not a bad film. Hell, maybe I’m taking more of an issue with it because of my personal investment with it but I’m disappointed with some of its outcomes.
The editing isn’t that great. Finn and Rose’s story get in the way. And the ending was so so. But the acting could be stellar. The action scenes are fun. And there are enough twists to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Again, I think my personal investment with this film hurt my experience. So you might enjoy this movie so much more than me. And maybe I’ll change my mind down the road, but for now it’s okay at best. I’ll just cry in the meantime until the next film comes out.
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