Someone asked me what I thought of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. Honestly, my response was too long to text, so here are my thoughts.
For starters, this film was written and directed by Rian Johnson. I thought that J.J. Abrams was going to be at the helm of the follow-up movies after he did The Force Awakens. I love consistency, like George Lucas, and Christopher Nolan writing and directing trilogies.
The jokes Rian added fell flat to me. At the beginning of the move when General Hux is on “hold” and Poe is trying to be humorous – hated it. This isn’t a Marvel movie, so don’t try to make it like one.
*NOTE: Leia delivered two brilliant one-liners that she herself put into the film with the directors permission. Obviously Carrie Fisher, and not Rian.
Why did Yoda look so ridiculous? I would have loved for them to go old school, and use the Yoda from the original movies. He looked maniacal, and those eyes…
I don’t understand why Vice Admiral Holdo had to have lavender hair.
Spoiler Alert: Han was killed in The Force Awakens. Luke left his physical body in The Last Jedi. I found the scene where Leia was floating in space, and used the force to pull herself back to the ship, incredibly awkward. Just the plausibility of her surviving in frozen space was insane, but to have her use her Jedi powers for the first time in an implausible situation, seemed so disjointed. Unless you live under a rock, you know that Carrie Fisher will not be in the follow-up projects. I personally wanted some closure. I cried every time she was in a scene, and I would have liked to have had that final “goodbye” to Princess Leia. Kathleen Kennedy has said that Leia will NOT be in the next movie, so her absence will be weird and a major inconsistency, in my opinion.
I wish they had closed the chapter of the original, and most beloved characters, with this film. Even if Carrie had not passed away, you would have to be dense to not see that they are pushing new characters on us.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Star Wars! Having said that, I LOVE Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens, (and even Rogue One, even though it is a stand-alone movie). I love the original characters of Luke, Leia, Han Solo, and Darth Vader.
Not to say that Rey, Poe, Finn, and Kylo aren’t good, but I don’t have the nostalgic love for them. They aren’t Luke, Leia, and Han.
I feel as though The Last Jedi was a definitive move to change the course of the franchise, and move the fan base to new characters. To a new generation of Star Wars fans who haven’t watched Episodes IV, V, and VI, hundreds of times.
No doubt I will continue to watch the Star Wars franchise movies, but they won’t be the same. I am detached from the new characters. I will never watch The Last Jedi repeatedly. As I sit here and type, The Empire Strikes Back is playing in the background.
The Empire Strikes Back, The Last Jedi will never be.