Star Wars: The Last Jedi , It is undeniable that Star Wars is one of the most popular franchises in the world and has one of the most devoted fanbases. The franchise has spawned several films, tv series, videogames, and novels. The impact that Star Wars has on pop culture is immeasurable. Thirty-five years after Return of the Jedi, Disney released Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, with J.J. Abrams acting as the director. The Force Awakens is the first installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy after the Star War franchise was bought by Disney.
The film introduces brand new characters such as Rey, a Force-sensitive scavenger, Finn, an ex-stormtrooper, and Poe, a Resistance pilot. Their lives will intertwine with our beloved heroes from the original trilogy: Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Leia Organa. The film was a massive success, earning more than $2 billion worldwide. People instantly fell in love with the trio and the film’s villain, Kylo Ren. Three years later, the second installment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was released.
The Last Jedi continues the story of Rey, Finn, and Poe. On Anch-To, Rey tries to recruit Luke Skywalker to the Resistance. Luke refuses but agrees to teach her several lessons in the ways of the Force. Meanwhile, The Resistance, led by General Leia Organa, prepares to fight the First Order.
Rian Johnson, the director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, brings several new narratives to the Star Wars universe by reflecting on the past. These narratives bring positive changes to how we see our heroes and their rarely seen imperfections. It confronts said heroes’ past actions and how they deal with their internal battles.
We see these new characters finding their identity, which is presented uniquely with unconventional imageries. Every decision made by the characters are instinctive, and the payoff and progression of every decision made are earned. The movie takes bold and surprising risks, and its efforts paid off in the form of beautiful and auteurist storytelling. The film does have some issues with pacing, but this flaw can be easily forgiven.
Fantastic storytelling is not the only thing going on in The Last Jedi. It also provides captivating action and battles, with several influences from classic western and old samurai films. These battles carry emotional weight and do not feel meaningless, which makes them more gratifying to watch. The visuals are also gorgeous, with breathtaking cinematography and elegant and focused framing. The cast also brings their finest work in the film, especially Mark Hamill, who has carried the role of Luke Skywalker for the past 40 years.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is what a Star Wars movie should strive for: to bring the unexpected. The film takes bold risks and subverts expectations, and with its fantastic storytelling, the film becomes distinctive and special. Coupled with beautiful visuals and terrific performances of the cast, The Last Jedi is easily one of the best Star Wars films in the franchise, and a must-watch for Star War fans everywhere.