Star Wars : The Last Jedi (Review) **Spoiler Alert**
Exactly two years have passed since that fateful day we saw Kylo Ren murder Han Solo and the entire crowd gasped in pain. Two years since Rey stood face to face with Luke Skywalker and tried to hand him over his lightsaber on an island in some forlorn planet.
We all have been waiting for answers. In Between came Rogue One, which was a pretty impressive attempt both storytelling and cinematic experience wise. But the questions remained looming large in fans’ minds. With the announcement of the title – ‘The Last Jedi’, speculations were rife as to whether this was going to be another ‘Empire Strikes Back’ or something even more intense. The wait is over now. So let’s dive in to understand what worked and what didn’t in ‘Star Wars : The Last Jedi’.
Starting with the story line, it immediately picks up where we were left at end of Episode 7. The rebels are trying to evacuate from their base on a planet, while being surrounded by The First Order ships who are ready to blast them to bits. The entire movie goes on along the same note actually, the rebels trying to escape with lots of side plots thrown in. We have Rey trying to convince Luke to – a) come back and help the Rebels, b) train her in Jedi arts and, c) reveal the whole deal about why Kylo Ren is so angry with his parents and the Jedi in the first place. On the other hand we have Finn and Poe on their own side-quest to rescue the doomed Rebels fleet from the eminent destruction. More of Rey and Kylo’s conflict, each one trying to get another one to turn over to their side. And behold 2 and half hours are almost gone with nothing much happening.
Sure there are some nice action scenes, some really kick-ass space crafts chases but nothing that sets it apart as a Star Wars franchise movie. The story tries really hard buts keeps getting slack so many times that we are left wondering is there an actual on screen conflict or not? The main villain Kylo Ren continues to be a kid having tantrums, throwing his weight around and still being told that he can never be another Vader. Sorry dude this is really not going to happen, at least not in this trilogy 🙂
With Han Solo gone, the only two people who run the movie are Leia and Luke. Luke who just had a split second appearance in last episode, in this movie tries to channel the Yoda of the original series – being obstinate in teaching or helping out Rey, but falls short by a big margin. To mock him further, Yoda’s ghost appears and makes fun of his work, and throws in some more of those punchy wise one-liners. Rey on the other hand has developed a sort of a telepathic connection with Kylo Ren and has long-distance interplanetary/intergalactic calls with her arch-nemesis multiple times where she manages to convince him to kill his boss – Lord Snoke. We don’t get to know much about Snoke’s origins, purpose, powers either before he is cut in half by Kylo Ren who offers Rey to join him, so that they can form another order. Maybe they would name it the Second Order 🙂
While Rey is off fighting Kylo, we have Finn teaming up with another girl for a last-ditch-mission to rescue the rebels fleet. But towards the movie’s end we find it developing more into a love triangle situation when the girl (standing extreme right in above pic) starts to fall for Finn. Let’s see where this goes in the episode 9. Rey on the other hand does an Eleven when she storms in at last 15 minutes to save her entire (or, whatever is left of) Rebel team and also lifts rocks by Jedi force (minus the nose bleed). At the end we get Rey and Luke Skywalker standing face to face with lightsabers drawn, and just when we are wishing for another Anakin – Obi Wan -esque fight sequence (remember Revenge of the Sith) so that Luke might chop off his limbs and Kylo finally don Vader’s outfit; we found out that Luke has been doing a holo-projection from another planet altogether. What a let down!
In other departments, the score is pretty decent and to the mood/tempo of the movie, though nothing outstanding. Cinematography is at-par with the other SW movies, showing beautiful scenes of other planets. We are shown some cool new creatures but not very intelligent ones – just plushy toys or beasts that toy companies can sell.
It is really difficult to imagine how would the Episode 9 be – with Carrie Fisher gone (in real life), and Luke Skywalker and Han Solo dead (in the franchise). The weight of the last movie totally rests on the shoulder of Rey/Finn/Poe vs Kylo Ren; something that has still not become very charismatic as Luke/Leia/Han vs Darth Vader in the original trilogy. Star Wars : The Last Jedi is at max a one-time watch in theatres for its visuals and space-fight sequences.
Ratings: (3 / 5)
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