The Last Jedi is here, after weeks of build-up and anticipation I finally saw the latest Star Wars film over the weekend. Wow, it is a lot to take in.
Because I’m a geek, I tend to over analyze things and Star Wars is no different. I don’t know if I would call this a review, but I have thoughts in my head and I can’t post them on social media like I normally would because of spoilers. So, I’m venting my ramblings here.
First, this movie was nothing that I expected. It’s a divisive movie and I can understand some people not liking it.
Luke Skywalker is so much different than we expected. He is an old man who has crawled to this corner of the galaxy to basically hide from his failures and die. He’s closed his connection with the Force and refuses to rejoin the world or acknowledge Rey. However, I don’t think he’s wrong in wanting the Jedi to end. It seems Yoda agrees with him as well. They both seem to understand that the Jedi Order was flawed. This matches the theme of the movie that you need to let go of your past, kill it if you must. Luke kills the Jedi knowing that the Force has something different in mind now.
I’ve seen some people complain about the Canto Bight sequence in the film, but it’s a great view of how the other half lives. Most of the film is focused on the Resistance heroes, but here we see that while they are struggling to fight against a return of tyranny, these people are willing to ignore all that because war helps their bottom line. It’s a very relevant message in 2017. Much like in the prequels we went from Tatooine to Coruscant, it’s a similar juxtaposition here. This scene also gives us some valuable insight into the characters of Rose and Finn as well as a look behind the curtain of the First Order.
What really struck me is how many risks and chances this story took. Kylo Ren is a conflicted villain and we never quite know where his allegiances like. We think the story will follow similar beats to Empire but it doesn’t. Instead, it twists what we thought about where we were headed. After this movie, everything I thought I knew about what Episode 9 would entail was wrong. JJ Abrams and his team have their work cut out for them.