The highly-anticipated eighth chapter of the Star Wars Saga, directed by Rian Johnson, is beginning to land in theatres around the world and as excited fans (me included) see the movie, it’s time to start discussing the latest adventure to a galaxy far, far away.
Without jumping into spoiler territory or giving anything away, Nerd-Feed presents the five reasons you’ll love Star Wars: The Last Jedi and why you should book your ticket and get down to your local theatre.
The characters are the true victory here.
Sometimes, major blockbusters can lose sight of what’s important and focus too heavily on explosions and special effects. In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, director Rian Johnson keeps his eye expertly set on the characters and even when the fantastic blowouts happen, they serve the characters and the story that Johnson is telling.
Without treading into spoiler territory, I will note that the director has flawlessly picked up with fan-favourite characters from the original trilogy and taken them in a surprising and exciting direction. Luke Skywalker steals the show, with Mark Hamill delivering what is easily his best performance as the heroic Jedi ever. As for the newer bunch, it’s clear how well Johnson understands the characters and their motives, and without disclosing any information, I’ll say that exciting times lie ahead for the Galaxy’s newest heroes and villains.
I don’t know about you, but I frickin’ love lightsabers.
After the dance style lightsaber battles that the prequels delivered, it seems like the most badass form of cinematic conflict is back on track. Star Wars: The Last Jedi offers some of the most entertaining, thrilling and emotional lightsaber battles to date. Naturally, I won’t say who was fighting in these scenes but rest assured, your inner child will scream with joy at some of these epic moments.
This film not only features the best battles for people wielding a lightsaber, but the weapons themselves look better than ever. The visual appearance of the blades look slightly different with Johnson in charge, and I liked what I was seeing.
This might be the darkest Star Wars movie yet, but don’t say it isn’t funny.
Looking at the trailers and promotional material, it was clear that Star Wars: The Last Jedi would be a darker instalment of the Star Wars Saga, and while Johnson delivered on that promise, the film had a surprising amount of levity and humour.
Thankfully, that humour never felt unnecessary, unrealistic or cheesy. Unlike other large franchises, the comedy in this film never feels like it tarnishes the characters or situations. Instead, the lighter moments of the film only help to add levity and fun to an already epic story.
Plenty Of Surprises!
You won’t believe what Star Wars: The Last Jedi has done with the franchise.
Unlike JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which I love, Star Wars: The Last Jedi succeeds in its originality. While there are small similarities to be found between this and previous instalments, Rian Johnson has created an entirely unique chapter in the franchise, allowing him to take a few unexpected twists and turns.
More than a few moments in Star Wars: The Last Jedi will make you gasp, cry or cheer and that’s something that is only achieved because of Johnson’s ability to place the audience in an unfamiliar situation and setting.
Sets Up A Great Conclusion
Get those fan-theories prepared. You’ll have a lot of questions when you leave the theatre.
Watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it is sometimes difficult to remember that this is only the second chapter of a trilogy and not the epic conclusion. Johnson’s film works as a great standalone adventure for Rey, Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker, and answers a surprising amount of questions that we were left with after Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With that said, Johnson has kept the mystery alive, and for the most part, we still have a lot of questions that need to be answered, giving JJ Abrams enough material to create a worthy end for this trilogy and these characters.
Hopefully, everything I’ve said here will be enough to persuade you to buy a ticket, but if you need further persuasion, my full spoiler-free review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be dropping later today.
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