“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….”
In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
It’s no surprise that Director Rian Johnson has taken it upon himself to create not only one of the strongest films in the Star Wars saga but possibly one that completely alters the series moving forward.
The film’s secondary storyline, which has characters Finn, Poe, Leia, and Rose standing off in their final hour against the First Order also gives us some screen time with these characters. At times, the Finn and Rose side of the story doesn’t always feel as transparent as everything else in the film, it still works thanks to John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran. The two are so much fun to watch together on-screen, and the spark they have shared is undeniable.
The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.
Carrie Fisher in her final performance as General Leia gave the perfect cap to her character in a way that only she could. It’s heartbreaking to think we’ll never see her on-screen again, bringing the most iconic character to life. Though in a lot of ways, her final performance, which is arguably her best in the role, under Rian’s watch. He loves the character, and brings her back to a place of power and really lets her stand out in a way that we haven’t seen in almost thirty years. It’s also interesting that Leia is instrumental in the idea of not only letting go of the past, but lighting the fire in those to preserve the future of the galaxy, and that may be the best place to leave that character.
The film’s entire third act plays as one of the most wonderful, emotional, and fantastic pieces of the series to ever be put on-screen, and while forever altering the series forever. It’s an incredibly fine line to play nostalgic and trying to change things, but Johnson has done an amazing job doing just that here.
Fans of Star Wars may not love everything Johnson has done with The Last Jedi, but make no mistake, he’s made a fantastic film that will be long remembered. In a lot of ways, this is exactly the film this saga needed, even if we weren’t asking for it. The Last Jedi is the tip of the iceberg for what the series can be moving forward, and we can’t wait to see where it goes next.