Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi…What This Blog Is and Is Not…
If you’re looking for spoilers, you’ve come to the wrong place. In writing this blog I will attempt to give as little away as possible. If I somehow ruin the experience for you, I greatly apologize.
I will, however, give you my opinion on the 9th installment in the feature film saga that has been a massive part of my life since I was a small child.
Let’s Get Carrie Fisher Out Of The Way…
First of all, the death of Carrie Fisher still hits hard. She was my first crush. She was among my first examples of a strong, confident woman in cinema. Let me just say it flat out; Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia is the benchmark in which I set a strong female lead in film and television.
Every time Leia is on screen, I felt a punch in my gut that it would be my last time seeing Fisher in her role again. It was as heartbreaking of a swan song as I could ever imagine. Yet she was as powerful as she’s ever been and her on-screen chemistry with Oscar Isaac is absolutely incredible. This was, in my opinion, among her greatest performances ever. It literally feels like she saved the best for last. Our Princess…
What can I say about Luke Skywalker in this movie? The character progression is top notch. Hamill’s performance is like he never left. This is how you would expect Luke to be; bitter due to the goings on after the fall of the Empire and his Academy, yet with that same bit of sarcastic humor that made him so entertaining. Hamill’s athleticism is better now than it was during the original series, and you can see that he really worked hard for this installment.
The one thing I will give away is just how emotional Hamill is. Especially when he asks “Where’s Han?” I felt it. It was like finding out my favorite bike was stolen by DeeBo. Every moment that Hamill is on the screen it is his to command, no matter ho great Daisy Ridley was in the time she shares screen with him, she can’t compare with his gusto.
Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren is Everything He Was Supposed To Be
It really twisted my nipples in a bad way when I heard all of the complainings about Adam Driver as Kylo Ren after ‘The Force Awakens’ came out. ‘Wah! He’s so emo!’ ‘Why he’s just a Vader wannabe’ you know something? Kylo Ren is a freaking bad ass! He is everything Vader is not able to be, and he toys with you so much in this movie it’s out of control! Driver’s performance is the most pleasant of surprises in this entire film.
You hate him so much for what he did to Han, but then…SNAP! ALMOST GAVE SOMETHING AWAY!
Ray, Poe, and Finn
The new trio…what can I say? Ray’s character progression is worthy of the series. Poe Dameron gets more screen time, and you can see where they are attempting to make him the next Han Solo. I really wish they would stop doing that. No one is going to be Han Solo. And the attempt at trying to make him as such makes him unlikable. As the film goes on, and he finally comes into his own, he is one BMF.
Speaking of a BMF, Finn is amazing as well. This film sees him go for awkward, cowardly, reluctant hero to a man with a purpose. A man that isn’t going to let fear consume him. His battle with Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma? Yo, I seriously think that Finn gets some of the best fight scenes in the new trilogy.
At The Heart of The Matter
Episode VII was good. But it was so unsure of itself. It was trying to be something else while putting a fresh coat of paint on itself. That isn’t a bad thing because I loved The Force Awakens. This uncertainty translates to just about every character on screen, especially the leads; everyone is just so unsure of themselves and doing a good job without really knowing how to be themselves.
The Last Jedi is about learning who you are, accepting who you are, and embracing who you are. That is exactly what this movie does; this movie has zero uncertainty about itself. From the opening crawl to the credits, this movie embraces itself and gives you over two hours of absolute greatness. I, like many Star Wars fans, has stated that Empire Strikes Back is the best movie in the main storyline. The Last Jedi is the greatest film since Empire Strikes Back. It’s been said a ton, add my name to the list that believes it.
Do you love Star Wars? Well get off your behind and go and see this movie. If you don’t love Star Wars, get up off of your behind and see it anyway. It is just that damn good. Other than Poe trying to be Han, this is the perfect Star Wars movie. It is the best of the new films (Episode I to now), and has shaken up my ‘All-Time’ Star Wars list which sits as follows;
Empire Strikes Back
The Last Jedi
Revenge of the Sith
A New Hope
The Force Awakens
Return of the Jedi
The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
I cannot wait to see what the finale of the new trilogy has in store for Poe, Finn, Ray, and Kylo Ren but I am anxious to be a part of it. I give Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi an enthusiastic 5 Stars out of 5!