Film Report: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Some say it was The Last Jedi is the worst Star Wars film while some say that it is one of the best.
I would say “This is not going to go the way you think!”
It sounds like a quote designed for a trailer (Read our trailer discussion for The last Jedi here) but it also feels like an opening line from Rian Johnson’s pitch, oh wait also to how I summarise the film entirely.
I saw this movie almost two weeks now and I am so very late in reviewing it. Apologies to all my readers, I know everyone has reviewed/ ranted about the film already and it is not much for me to say or convince any of you to like or dislike this film.
If anybody still has even a tiny bit of interest here goes my thoughts.
What is The Last Jedi about?
I don’t think we really need this column.
But for the heck of it.
Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Star Wars world franchise.
Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.
My thoughts about The Last Jedi.
Let’s be real, the film had plot holes and did disappoint in some places.
Disclaimer: I haven’t been in the fandom for that long that I can try and convince it’s die-hard fans that this film was great because there were some plot holes and problems BUT it was a good roller coaster ride, it had me interested in the film throughout, made me gasp, smile and even made me hold my breath at times. I also did scratch my dad’s arms pretty bad.
Pointing out what I loved the most.
- Fierce action- I loved the whole action sequences, from the edit to its direction, they didn’t feel forced or made up.
- Exotic creatures- You know who I am talking about xD I wish there was more cameo to him and those icy foxes like creatures, beautiful.
- Layers and layers of character stories and the story twists- Amazing- you find yourself rooting for each and every character in the film, the power of all the characters- the performances are great.
- Character arcs, even though Luke Skywalker disappoints- will talk about this in detail later. What I really loved was Kylo Ren’s character.
- Emotional wallop – have you ever felt this way before? You are scared of the character and at the same time you want that character to die too- yes, it all doesn’t work in the right way- The star war’s way but if you use it from just a story point of view- it is amazing that it was able to bring out so many emotions in me.
- I like the film isn’t just working in one direction, each and every character has it’s re to play, a lesson to teach, a story to tell which all connects and opens the gate to new possibilities, to a new story and a way to which the story can be progressed.
- Visually the film is beautiful, big close-ups (tender touching hands), top shots, elegant camera tracks and pulling out in-world sound, leaving just music and image. Which helps so much with a good experience- a definite 4Dx watch recommended.
- The performances are at par, I am impressed with Adam Driver, he is so convincing on screen, you really want to help him, he looks innocent and yet evil.
Now that I have spoken about what I loved let look into what didn’t work for me.
Things that didn’t work for me?
- Is it sadist to say I am not at all happy with Leia being alive? I mean of course we know she wouldn’t be in episode IX and we all had anticipated her death in this film- but the way she comes back to life looks almost impossible- correct me if I am wrong but what was that? How was that? What am I missing here? And how will they continue without her? If they make up a stupid ass excuse for her leaving – it will disappoint me, I will be let down of the storytelling.
- Luke Skywalker’s character- What happened? Why would he want to kill Kylo? The reason given to us was weak, I do not buy it. I mean no, please, please don’t do that. Why did you do that? It almost felt like Zack Snyder’s version of Batman. Weak.
- Disappointed with no training sequences. I wanted more of Ridley learning and not just doing what she feels is right, I wanted more of her struggles to understand her character arc deeper.
- Finn and Rose’s couple- kind of put me off but also made me happy in a weird way– I didn’t really like Finn and Rey together, so this was the relief but what happens towards the end was kind of awkward, also felt more like a Bollywood ending for a love triangle. Which brings me to my next point.
- I think it isn’t even a triangle, it is more like a square- I truly hope they do not show us an angle where there is romance between Ridley and Driver. Their relationship gave me chills but it is also kind of embarrassing, don’t you think so too? Maybe in the near future, it is okay– I don’t know. I am just thinking out loud here.
- Action with light sabres– even though I loved all the action sequences but the action here with light sabres was depressing, we are evolving is what I will say to it.
The last Jedi is a multicoloured adventure that juggles different moods and tones. Johnson even bravely channels Return Of The Jedi, to the extent that Episode VIII wraps up leaving Episode IX with almost a clean slate, which is a good and a bad thing both- we have so many speculations and so many theories– which can be disappointments but also surprising in a good way.
What do you think of the film?
Rating – 4/5 stars