Director – Rian Johnson

Flick in a Limerick

Luke Skywalker is the only Jedi in existence

Rey tracks him down to train her with persistence

With the fate of the galaxy on their back

Kylo leads an attack

As sacrifices are made to save the resistance

Nose Candy

“I want every gun we have to fire on that man”

“You are not dark vader just a child in a mask”

“This is not going to go the way you think”

“The greatest teacher failure is”

“Darkness rises and so does light to meet it”

“We are going to win this war not by fighting what we hate but saving what we love”

“The rebellion is reborn today. The war is just beginning. And I won’t be the last Jedi”

Style Points

  • Poe get a way scene from First Order
  • First Order space station attack
  • Leia levitation sequence
  • Nice use of pans and crosswipe transitions
  • Face to face transitions between Kilo and Rey
  • Rey as she tries to feel the force
  • Spaceship casino
  • Finn and Rose getaway stampede
  • Multiple Rey realization sequence
  • The return of Yoda
  • Use of close up on hands
  • Rey and Kylo light saber fight scene with powers struggle for light saber them galaxy blast

Role Play

(Daisey Ridley, Mark Hamil, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, John Boyega Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran)

There were so many characters in this film to go along with celebrity guest appearances a hidden cameos. It is so difficult to give each one justice. For a film of this magnitude it was well warranted. I also like how well diverse the cast was as even though as the franchise continues to incorporate different ethnic groups.

As much as I like Finn as a character his services were not needed for this mission. he had cool sequences such as the casino and fight scenes but overall I felt were not needed and were utilized just to get such an important player from The Force Awakens onto this film. Also the Rose romance angle seemed very contrived.

The Yoda cameo was exceptional and hit all of the right beats. This appearance could have gone wrong in so many ways but ultimately was a nice touch and the feel good moment of the movie.

Rey was incredible again throughout the duration of the film. Whether through teased romances or fight sequences her performance dominated the picture. I also did not mind the mystery od certain aspects of her character such as her parents were nobody and how come she was able to lean the force so quickly with no real training montage scenes. I thought it really drove home the point that it didn’t matter where you come from that anybody could find what it takes to be a Jedi.

Kylo was great here as he solidified himself as the best Star Wars villain the franchise has ever seen. He had a motive which drove him as an antagonist to another level. He also had solid delivery being able to switch up through an array of emotions to sympathetic and revengeful and even teased a little romance.

I definitely enjoyed to see Luke Skywalker again in the franchise. Unpopular opinion the old recluse version of Skywalker did rub me the wrong way at times. I don’t know if this had to do with Johnson’s interpretation of the character or just wanting to add a new twist to his personality. The whole Luke trying to Kylo in his sleep did not align with his core values as the hero we all know and love. Skywalker more than made up for it in the end though.

Carrie Fisher as Leia was phenomenal. It is difficult to say goodbye to such an iconic character. It was the right move dedicating this film to her behalf. The Star Wars Saga will definitely miss her presence. As to everyone realization she did not die in this film so I am still holding out hope that she will make an appearance in Episode 9.

Money Shot

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The most controversial moment in Star Wars history. Luke Skywalker and Kylo finally meet face to face. In a noble deed Skywalker ultimately sacrifices himself in order to save the Resistance.

Final Touch

Rian Johnson definitely had a tough battle ahead of him but in the end I think he came out victorious. He really had his own vision for this iconic franchise and did an excellent job of making it his own while still honoring the essence of past films. I personally do not have the emotional attachment as some diehard Star Wars fanatics so I did not mind the many twists and new direction of the story. In order for the longevity of the saga to continue it has to adapt and change through different time periods in order to stay relevent. This picture definitely provides all of that and much more. There was definitely a point of emphasis to try to make the Last Jedi more humorous than its predecessors which more times missed then connected. The run time is also long as well but there is so much action and plot twists to the point that you don’t even care or realize it. This is a cinematic experience with great use of visual effects, cool explosions and light saber fight sequences. The performances were excellent from the veterans Mark Hamil and Carrie Fisher who I am sure are not done with the saga and won’t be shocked to see them appear in episode 9. As well as stellar performances from younger talent such as Daisey Ridley and Adam Driver which lets me know the Star Wars universe is in great hands. The Last Jedi showcases that through self-sacrifice others have the opportunity to succeed and that one does not have to come from great origins to accomplish great feats.

– Caleb Harris

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