"accomplished what it set out to do; further the story of the Skywalkers, answering questions whilst also asking more questions"
Returning to a galaxy far, far away has been something that I have been looking forward to since the release of Rogue One, and seeing the further adventures in the main Saga has been something I have eagerly waited to see since I had the pleasure of seeing The Force Awakens, and now after seeing The Last Jedi, I can safely say that it lives up to the hype and I wasn’t at all disappointed.
In an unprecedented move for a Star Wars film, The Last Jedi picks up immediately where The Force Awakens left off, opening in the heat of battle between the Resistance and The First Order as we are slowly reintroduced to the characters we have grown to love since The Force Awakens, as The Resistance makes a daring assault on a First Order Dreadnaught lead by Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), the events of this battle run concurrently with Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on Ahch-To where Luke is reluctant to train Rey in the ways of the Force as we have seen in the trailers.
Whilst the story of The Last Jedi is linear, every one including the new characters have their time to shine with critical side missions. The locations of The Last Jedi are beautiful, further building out the universe.
General Leia (the dearly departed Carrie Fisher) has a lot to do in The Last Jedi, with Carrie’s untimely death, it would have been easy for a lesser filmmaker to write her out completely, but she has a satisfying story arc that is a fitting tribute.
With an incredible soundtrack from the legendary John Williams, The Last Jedi continues the promise made by The Force Awakens, the action is accented by humour and said action is epic and inventive.
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi is a wonderfully epic and well paced entry into the Saga, giving us a lot to unpack, which I won’t go into as it is spoiler territory. Performance wise, I was blown away by Daisy Ridley's command of Rey, her interplay with Mark Hamill is palpable and a pleasure to see unfold.
Kudos to Rian Johnson and his creative team in delivering a film that is a worthy addition to a beloved franchise, giving us a 2 hour and 32 minute thrill ride from start to climactic finish, which will leave you wanting more. It is astonishing what they have been able to pull off in this film, giving a satisfying continuation to the characters we have loved for many years.
With plenty of action, creatures galore and universe building, The Last Jedi accomplished what it set out to do; further the story of the Skywalkers, answering questions whilst also asking more questions, but further solidifying that Star Wars is here to stay and is a force to be reckoned with, with Episode IX on the horizon, JJ. Abrams has a lot to ive up to, and with The Last Jedi being as brilliant as it is, it is no wonder why Lucasfilm have tasked him with creating a brand new trilogy outside of the episodic Saga.