Today’s post, as mentioned by the title, is a spoiler-free review of the latest installment to the Star Wars franchise: The Last Jedi. Specifically, I will be focusing on story, characters, interaction, and direction.
I enjoyed the direction the story arc took in this episode. Rogue One was a well-done pre-sequel that bridged the original and prequel trilogies, but The Last Jedi is in a park all its own. My significant other and I kept on predicting twists and turns every chance we were given and then were proven (at least halfway) wrong more than once.
The storyline of The Last Jedi is certainly a ride worth the price of the theater tickets. And all of the logical thinkers out there, please ignore some of the practicality misses!
Storyline Rating: 8.5/10
Within The Last Jedi, was a ton of work on the characters: From flat, two-dimensional pieces of writing to full-fledged human resembling characters that have emotions, turmoil, relationships, and limitations. Overall, some characteristics became keystones, while others whithered and replaced.
I think the various intercharacter banter that happened helped to dimensionalize the main characters: spunky ones, cunning ones, deluding ones, and surprising ones. There are even some impressive “throwaways” that I thoroughly enjoyed!
Character Development Rating: 7/10
The Acting and Direction
Finally, on to the cinematography (since I’m leaving out spoilers!). The way the movie was designed was–in my opinion–a spectacularly creative choice in spite of a few illogical plot moments. I loved the portrayal of the lasers and the eminent saber battles. The way the outer space scenes were shot were impeccably beautiful and mesmerizing. When I looked at certain parts of scenes, I loved how the director (Rian Johnson) spun the story and even tied in certain elements to potentially excite some of the biggest Star Wars nerds!
Johnson surprised me since it wasn’t the same director calling the shots in this episode, but yet maintained the cinematography that is iconic for a Star Wars story all the while adding his own pizzazz as a garnish. Truly, I think his creative vision was the kind of thing we needed for such a take on the story’s plot and advancement.
As for the acting, I loved how the actors tried to include some of the iconic traits of their characters to show the dynamics of their changes and, rather more, to humanize them and make them relatable. For example, when I first saw Rey, she was the standard Mary Sue heroine: capable to do anything, extremely talented, and somehow had the knowledge to fix something when a problem came up. Come Episode VIII, she’s evolved into a person, and not just a stereotype.
The way each character evolves is not only believable and palpable, it seems real and natural.
Acting/Directing Rating: 9/10
As for what I think about Episode IX: it’s been slated that J.J. Abrams will return to the slot of director and screenwriter for the movie. With this, I’m sure many already have high hopes or expect the things they don’t like to be fixed or redacted. But, I only think positive for this:
- Rey’s heritage will (hopefully) be revealed, expanded, or possibly (I hope not) redacted
- Kylo will continue to be developed as a character; as will Rey
- The conclusion of either the First Order or the Rebellion shall come
- One of the throwaways becomes significant for either the next trilogy, or the next SW Story
After my evaluation and understanding, I would recommend seeing this movie and I would watch it again.
OVERALL RATING: 8.2/10