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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill

Release Date: Fri, Dec 15, 2017

MPAA Rating: PG-13

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  1. Josh  •  Dec 15, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    This one, I think, did the best job of recapturing the magic of the original trilogy since those classics. It was not a perfect film; the 3/4 star rating was accurate. But I beg to differ in terms of WHY it should receive this rating.

    The Last Jedi has problems, but personally none of them had to do with Driver's character (although he can come across as whiny, but this makes him more relatable). The consequences of the previous film left him physically and emotionally scarred, and he portrays that conflict in a frightening fashion that almost reminded me of Heath Ledger's Joker sometimes! Characters like master Snoke, John Boyega, and unfortunately even Mark Hamill feel underdeveloped or underused here. The film bogs down in the second act, taking an unnecessary detour with a subplot involving Finn and a fellow Resistance fighter. When characters' motives become unclear, it tends to get frustrating.

    All things considered, Rian Johnson made a (mostly) capable entry. A Star Wars fan himself, he throws Easter eggs in there, but not for the sake of fan service. It's a pretty good movie, and Driver was not the problem. I didn't take him that seriously last time, but I do now! And yes, Porgs are cute!

  2. steve  •  Dec 15, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    In 1977 Skywalker was the hero in IV; he blows up the death star. As a kid, I thought Luke was amazing. I still admired him in empire strikes back even though he couldn't win against Vader. However in VI, Luke used a soft touch to rescue his dad and wouldn't fight. I wanted him to go in there and defeat the bad guys. Disappointing. Some will say, "But that is the only way he could win his dad back." Bla bla bla

    Now in the last Jedi movie, he is still Mr. Soft and the "I can't do it" jedi. Obi-Wan never hid from battles. At the final battle of this latest star wars movie, I thought, "Finally Luke is going to be a powerful Jedi and destroy evil. He is going to use the force and win." Nope. He hides on an island. Now I know some will argue, "He gave the rebels time. He is a hero." Whatever. The movie left me disappointed with Luke again. It felt like a tie in a game. Everyone got a trophy for partication.

    Even though Luke is not my type of Jedi, I still enjoyed the movie. Look forward to IX. Maybe Anikan will come back as a ghost and show the new Jedi how to do it the right way. 🙂

  3. Michael Ganski  •  Dec 23, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Star Wars should be renamed Star Worn. It has been pretty boring lately. Adam Driver is certainly miscast; almost as bad as Leonard DiCaprio in Titanic. In both cases, the physical presence does not convey a sense of the respective character’s intended length and breadth of experience and personality. Finally, how many times are they going to kill the bad guys’ damn world-destroying battle station. End it already … sheesh …

  4. Mike Rosenhan  •  Dec 26, 2017 at 11:53 am

    My favorite scene of the movie was when Yoda shows up and takes Luke to task. Then burns the tree. Awesome. Always the teacher.

  5. Joseph  •  Dec 29, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    If you love the WNBA, you will love, Love, LOVE this movie. 🙂

  6. Roger Lee  •  Mar 10, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    The Food For The Poor ad that repeatedly pops up during every review is so annoying.

  7. Douglas  •  Aug 24, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    This movie killed Star Wars. The First Order has won. The Resistance now consists of about twenty people on one ship. It’s over. In other words, if they actually defeat the First Order in episode 9, it will make the scene where Leia’s frozen body reanimates and flies back into the ship seem rational and reasonable.

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