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The Last Jedi Review

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Photo courtesy of Lucasfilms. The Last Jedi released on December 16, 2017, and is the most recent addition to the Skywalker Saga.

Photo courtesy of Lucasfilms. The Last Jedi released on December 16, 2017, and is the most recent addition to the Skywalker Saga.

Photo courtesy of Lucasfilms. The Last Jedi released on December 16, 2017, and is the most recent addition to the Skywalker Saga.

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Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released into theaters. The recent addition to the Skywalker Saga follows three main plot lines.

Plot A follows Rey of Jakku (Daisy Ridley) as she tries to convince Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to train her in the ways of the Force and return to the Resistance.

Plot B follows Finn (John Booyega) and newcomer Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) in their mission to disable the tracker the First Order is using to find the Resistance.

Plot C follows Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his struggles with Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern) after General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) is incapacitated after a space battle.

The movie runs two hours and 35 minutes long and is easily the longest Star Wars movie. The plot is very engaging, and there isn’t a dull moment throughout the entire runtime. The twists are unique and in the words of Luke Skywalker, “will not go the way you think.” The details become easily convoluted, though. The story, while complicated and drawn-out, is satisfying and will leave fans as divisive as The Empire Strikes Back did in the 1970’s.

The characters are easily the shining point of the movie. The majority of screen time is spent on developing the large cast of characters to make their emotions realistic and interesting. Every character has a backstory that is at least acknowledged, if not delved into details.

The visuals are also exemplary in this movie. While the palette is darkened to reflect the shift in mood, the colors become richer and more jeweled in order to avoid looking washed out. There are several lovely shots that take advantage of the scenery and worlds created by the dedicated set designers. The details put into scenes such as Canto Bight keep the eye interested but do not overwhelm.

If you are looking for answers to questions set in place by The Force Awakens, you should be prepared for acknowledgement of these questions, but no solid answers. Ultimately, there is still a lot of room for speculation from viewers.

Ultimately, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a visually-interesting and entertaining film that does justice to the characters it portrays and will keep audiences watching, guessing and theorizing.

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One Response to “The Last Jedi Review”

  1. Anonymous on December 24th, 2017 5:15 pm

    JJ would have done a better job as director, although overall still a great movie.

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