star wars the last jedi review



It’s not a “blow up a Deathstar movie” even though they just keep throwing bigger, and bigger Star Ships at the Resistance,
to blow up on the screen. What else? I love Rey and Luke’s time on the island.
We get to slowly learn why Luke has become the way he is, while Rey is doing her own soul searching. It dives into why Luke
has doubts about passing on what he has learned. That’s the right thing to do.

Where he failed with Ben Solo, and why he’s afraid that Rey will do the same exact thing.

I loved all of that. “What about all the characters?” “Did you like Rose?” I did. Rose was the pure one. She knows what’s
worth fighting for. I thought Rose was cool. “What about Hux?” I like Poe towing with Hux… and making him look stupid.

I thought that opening joke was hilarious. “What about the Porgs?” I thought the Porgs were alright. I think Chewie should
have bit down and enjoyed that one for dinner. Poor Chewie, having to sit around and wait for Luke and Rey to figure out
their crap. Let Chewie eat a Porg, for crying out loud! What’s he supposed to do? Drink that disgusting, island, utter, ant-
eater, walrus, thing that Luke had? What was the point of that thing? “Did you like Admiral Holdo?” Not at first.

I actually thought that she was going to be a mole of some kind. Because Poe was so opposed to her plan, at the start.
So, I kept expecting her to become a threat. But that was all a misdirection, and then she gets to have that epic light-
speed ramming scene. So it turns out, she’s pretty awesome.
So I did like her, but not at first. “What about Poe and Finn?” I didn’t connect with Poe and Finn the first time through.
I was pretty overwhelmed with everything the film threw at me. I didn’t really appreciate their stories. The second time, I
liked them so much more.
Poe is struggling with his choosing of retreat versus standing and fight. He’s learning to be the next leader. He’s gaining
wisdom. Finn is learning a dark truth about war.
That there are people making a profit from both sides fighting each other. Both of the characters are growing, and I like
that they are becoming more important to the Rebellion. “What about Phasma?” I hate to say this, but I have not been a fan of
Phasma yet. I think that she brings barley anything to the table, except an awesome costume.

And that’s a hard thing to say, but that’s exactly what Boba Fett is, you know? (Background voice–“but Boba Fett is like the
deadliest bounty hunter ever.”) Then, ok. Maybe they frickin show it in the movie, you know? I mean, whatever, I digress.
Captain Phasma is cool, because it’s Gwendoline Christie inside.
Not because Captain Phasma actually ever does anything crucial.

And also, she’s dead now, again. Maybe, I guess? If they bring her back, I’ll be like, “man, what’s going on?”

Is she a robot? “What about DJ?” Benicio Del Toro is the Lando Calrissian of this tale. He does what he’s got to do to save
his own skin. The only difference this time is that he doesn’t actually redeem his betrayal. Like Lando does. I like how they
flipped that expectation.

I found his character really interesting, and I really hope that he’s not a one-time passerby. “What did you think about
Leia?” As a Star Wars fan, I feel like this movie plays with your emotions really hard with Leia. Because we all know Carrie
Fisher is no longer with us.

Every time she was on screen, I felt like I didn’t want to let go because I knew, every moment is closer to the last one we
get to see with her. And I felt like they kind of used that. They bait you into thinking that she’s going to get blown up
into space. They make you think that she might to stay behind and sacrifice herself with that light-speed scene.

When everyone is escaping. There are even a few moments where I even thought she wasn’t going to get on the Falcon at the
end of the film.

I can’t handle this kind of bait and switch stuff, Star Wars! Not with princess Leia! This whole movie is telling me to “let
the past die” and I’m just sitting here going “I feel like you’re kinda asking a lot right now! Can we just have Leia for a
little bit longer?” So I’m actually really grateful that they didn’t write in that exit scene for her.

And I loved that she gets to lead the Resistance just for a little while long, after the movie ends. What was your favorite?
What was your favorite? This question is too hard to lock down, as I feel this movie is packed with extremely memorable
moments. And it just keeps delivering more and more, I was just sitting there thinking and feeling like “What is going? They
just keep giving me stuff! More and more stuff and it’s working, I love it!” From the very beginning, Luke tossing the light
saber over his shoulder, or Snoke getting chopped in half, Rey and Ben fighting together, Luke standing in front of the First
Order assault team. Ghost Yoda! Y- You know what? Ghost Yoda is my favorite. They made Yoda a puppet again! That is- That
wins! It’s awesome, I love you.

And Yoda talking about their failures being the strongest lesson, while they watch the Jedi Tree burn, was something I never
expected and I really appreciate that. And when you start thinking about what’s going on that scene, it makes everything
really interesting. Especially when you realize later, that Rey has the books. Yoda even tells Luke at the tree, “There’s
nothing in there that Rey doesn’t already possess.” So, taken literally, he probably knows she already has the- So, did Yoda
put the books on the Falcon? Who knows? What about that Rey and Kylo Ren fight though? That was, probably the most
surprising, and most powerful scene in the whole movie. Everything about that scene is beautiful the fire burning away
Snoke’s room, and Rey and Kylo refusing to become the thing that they were told as their destiny, it was so awesome! And I
think the pivotal moment, where the force was actually in balance. It was so well done and I totally wanted Ben and Rey to
make out when they won.

I was like “YEAHH! Now kiss!” Unless they pull a fast one and somehow make them siblings after all. In which case, NEVERMIND!
GROSS!! But I’m still holding out for Rey to be a Kenobi, or a Jinn. I don’t believe that whole “Rey’s parents aren’t
important” silly business. There’s a whole manipulation theme going on in this movie, so Rey can still be anything, as far as
I’m concerned What about Snoke-sssss? I didn’t like that Snoke is this all powerful menace, and then he’s just cut down so
quickly. I mean, I’m not mad about it, that scene is freakin’ amazing, but I was taken out by suprise that I was just like:
“Well now what? What ha- What’s goin’ on here?”. “I didn’t expect this to happen to like episode 9!” Hits all my questions
and now I just feel like “Well that doesn’t matter. Snoke’s gone… or is he??”

Ahh, I’m pretty sure he’s gone. So, what else did you not like? The casino planet, sadly. Everything in that section, minus
Benicio del Toro. Felt like Cheap, crappy, prequel, Star Wars to me. The cinematic quality, felt very out of character, and
ultimately, it was just a reason to give Finn and Rose a purpose in the story.

I thought they deserved better. Anything else? Oh, I didn’t like that BB-8 drove that walker, and shot a bunch of people.
That seemed odd, I mean it was really funny but, the more I thought about it, I felt like it made BB-8 less innocent. And
that just kinda, bugged me. I mean that BB-H8 droid, is that his- I call him a BB-H8, I don’t what his name is. The angry
looking version of BB-8. I think he would, drive a walker and kill people.