Film Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Director: Rian Johnson

Disney
In theaters: 12.15

There’s something incredibly special about a franchise that still has moviegoers clamoring to get into the theater like excited children after its initial opening over 40 years ago. The tale of the Skywalker saga continues as Rey (Daisy Ridley) attempts to convince Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to get back into the fight against the New Order, which he is reluctant to do. On the other side of the galaxy, Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), General Leia (Carrie Fisher) and the rest of the rebellion are trying to escape the approaching clutches of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson). In the middle chapter in this latest trilogy, director Rian Johnson forgoes the shimmer and shine of its predecessor and offers a more bleak and grungy take on the sci-fi tale. Legendary characters are tested, and many viewers may walk out of the experience feeling saddened. But have no fear: There’s another installment on the horizon. Just remember how The Empire Strikes Back ended, and then you’ll understand. As dreary as some of the imagery may appear, there are many wonderful forms of artistry with new planets and exotic creatures. Johnson balances the film’s more dreadful moments with various flickers of humor. This is the type of film that needs to be seen on the big screen for those multiple “ooh” and “ahh” sequences, and, trust me, you will be cheering more than once during the 150-minute run time. Johnson takes on old tropes within the franchise but kicks it up a notch. There are fight sequences that take lightsaber duels to an almost unimaginable level. Along with all of the embedded positives, Johnson definitely makes you want to witness the next chapter, which is exactly what these films are meant to do. Jimmy Martin