Guest Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I still remember the day January 23rd when The Last Jedi had been announced to the fans worldwide and we were still mourning the loss of our beloved Princess Leia a.k.a Carrie Fisher.
Since that year, the day was finally here 14th December as I got the chance to attend the screening of the Last Jedi, I came out of the theatre feeling the force strong in me, like the time I felt it after watching The Empire Strikes Back.
The film begins with picking up from where it was last left at The Force Awakens, with the Resistance evacuating the base planet under the command of General Leia Organa and the First Order reaching the planet. It was a sad moment to see Carrie Fisher on screen one last time, but felt good. Poe Dameron and his BB-8 droid have definitely given us friendship goals yet again.
On the other hand we see Rey uniting with Luke Skywalker at Ahch-To, the moment that we have been waiting for 2 years, what exactly is going to happen but it faded a little soon as we saw Rey just following along Luke hoping that he trains her to be a Jedi master and agrees to come back to help the rebels and Luke, being adamant refuses to help at first.
While she stays back on the island we get introduced to the cute penguin eyed creatures called the porgs who at first don’t get along well with Chewbacca but then are a part of the adventure.
Meanwhile, Kylo Ren, who is being told that he can never be as powerful as his grandfather Lord Vader, shows that he is one spoilt kid who killed his father, Han Solo. His aspiration to be as powerful as his grandfather goes out of hand when he decides to follow the resistance through light speed and attack their ship.
What really got my attention this time from this film were cameos, I was surprised to see Laura Dern on the big screen as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo who takes command. At that screen time, I grabbed a little hate towards the Admiral thinking she might be the bad guy but not for long.
Meanwhile, we see Ben and Rey communicating telepathically, trying to get to join each other’s side which makes us wonder are they going to be the next couple after Han and Leia or end up being siblings like Luke and Leia because Rey’s past is still unknown to us at this point.
With all this drama happening in the first half, we have Poe and Finn on their own mission to save the resistance ship and the crew alongside Rose Tico meanwhile leading to another romance in this universe. I did get excited when the ghost of Yoda threw some good old one-liners and conveying to Luke how failure is the greatest teacher.
While Snoke’s ship is trying to be infiltrated, Rey has surrendered herself to Kylo, thinking what could be a twist, came an utter surprise of Kylo killing the supreme leader and confronting Rey to destroy Luke, which leads to Anakin’s lightsaber being split into two.
Towards the end, while Kylo calls himself the supreme leader orders to kill everyone at the resistance fortress, we finally see Luke and Leia together after 34 years and asking them to hide out.
The moment of truth was in front of our eyes when we see Kylo and Luke in a lightsaber duel, only to find that Luke was using his force as a hologram projection in order to distract Kylo while the Rebels escape, adding to my bit of surprises.
It was a sad moment to see Luke Skywalker dying in front of us, another major character gone from this franchise leaving the new cast to keep up with the expectations of the final episode.
My expectations with this movie were to be better than The Force Awakens, but it definitely added a lot of element of surprises and made it in my top 3 Star Wars films. I fell in love with the cinematography of this film, definitely better than the other franchises. John Williams took us down the memory lane as we heard the intro of the film, a tear of joy certainly rolled down my cheek.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a movie made with passion. Its visuals are definitely a treat to our eyes and would keep us hooked on to our seats as we embark this journey in a galaxy far, far away.
Ratings: (4 / 5)
Howdy y’all, I’m Nandini Skywalker.. oh sorry got carried away 😛 Nandini Ahuja. I’m a hardcore movie buff, F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Star Wars fanatic, an artist coming from an animation background and explored my way to social media marketing and producing video content for a production house. I’m An avid wanderlust and love travelling to new destinations and love sharing them with my fellow audience.