Film Reviews

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Unexpected narrative twist in a Disney-fied movie

The eighth instalment of the popular sci-fi franchise is finally out after two years of waiting since The Force Awakens but the film has too much Disney in it to make it as good as the original.

Director and writer: Rian Johnson

Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis

Certificate: 12A

Running time: 2hrs 33mins

I was first introduced to the Star Wars franchise by my dad who would often watch the original trilogy with me and that cemented my love for the characters, the Force and the Sith.


Then when the prequels were released, I grew up loving the worlds created by George Lucas over and over again – despite the films being slammed by fans – but nothing could beat the originals.

When I found out the Disney – who now own Lucasfilm and it appears every other major movie franchise – I was sceptical about how they could continue the current Skywalker saga when everything seemed to be resolved at the end of Return of the Jedi.

Safe to say in J.J Abrams The Force Awakens, he introduced a new threat to the galaxy, a new hero and a new Jedi turned to the Dark Side.

Although I have spoken about my dislike for the seventh instalment of the franchise, there were good and bad elements in it but it seemed like a simple rehash of Episode IV A New Hope.

And now the highly anticipated eighth movie has finally been released and I could barely contain my excitement as I love the franchise so much.

But yet again, I was disappointed.

Throughout the film there are just some parts that are simply idiotic and just like the movie before it, it seems to be too “Disney-fied” to think of it as a film on the same par as the original trilogy.

Cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The cheesey one-liners, the comedy during serious moments just make the film go down a peg or two in the whole franchise history.

This is not to say I didn’t enjoy the movie. It was brilliantly shot and cinematically it was stunning and the fight scenes were amazingly done and kept me on edge throughout.

But I don’t know why but new heroes – Rey (Ridley) and Finn (Boyega) – are just unlikeable and annoying characters.

OK, Rey goes on to meet Luke and begins her training as a Jedi in some way or another but the former Stormtrooper turned Resistance fighter Finn barely had any character development at all.

Would I be bothered if either of these characters die in Episode IX? Probably not.

Of course with the return of Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher as Jedi Master Luke Skywalker and General Leia Organa helped the movie and I think I was only on the edge of my seat in case any of these characters died.

Although, without giving away spoilers, one scene that involved Leia was just downright ridiculous.

Not many of the other supporting characters – Chewbacca and Captain Phasma – had much to do in this movie and would appear for roughly around 10 minutes, which is absurd considering the film is one of the longest in the franchise history.

One element of the movie that I found particularly interesting was the connection between Rey and Kylo Ren (Driver) – who portrayed the confused and torn former Jedi brilliantly!

Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley

They have the ability to see and speak to each other even when on different sides of the galaxy and although it was a new input to the Jedi, it often felt like they were more pen pals and seem to become friends.

After watching the movie, I came to the conclusion that the new trilogy isn’t focused on Rey finding her Jedi powers but more Kylo Ren – who is the son of Han Solo and Leia – and his family relationship.

I had a theory he would return to the good side – considering Han Solo (Harrison Ford) is dead and Fisher tragically died last year and her character will have to be written off – otherwise the Solo family is dead.

However, now I am not too sure about the future for the character and albeit, I love that character!

Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Domhnall Gleeson

Unlike other movies in the franchise, The Last Jedi was predominately featured up in space and only around three planets were explored.

I found this to be an interesting turn for the movies, however, dreary and monotonous at the same time.

Although it appears I am completely slating the movie, I actually thoroughly enjoyed it – often laughing at parts which I shouldn’t have – but one particular scene did shock me and made me curious as to how J.J Abrams will continue in the next movie.

I think I may have to see it again to finally say whether I enjoyed it or not. I loved the fight sequences, relationship building but hated the comedy, one liners and annoying characters.

However, a cameo from a fan favourite character made the movie much better!!

I am intrigued as to how J.J Abrams will deal with the death of Fisher as it was clear the third instalment was meant to be on her iconic character but I believe the film is in safe hands.

Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis

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