Like most people, one of my favorite film series is Star Wars. Now even though I’m a Star Wars fan, my level of fandom often has nothing on some of these super-fans. Many of these “super-fans” also complain way too much. The prequels were badly directed, but they weren’t “garbage” that is often claimed. Then they complained that The Force Awakens was too much deja vu of the original film, and while that may be true, I loved it with a passion. I rarely ever see movies on the opening weekend (I HATE crowds), but I was given tickets to go yesterday and you just can’t say “no” to that.
The story takes place not long after the events of The Force Awakens. Despite The Resistance’s victory over the First Order’s attempt to create a super-weapon called Starkiller Base, they are running short on time. Snoke has led his massive army to destroy all but a few of the remaining fighters loyal to the good side of the galaxy. General/Princess Leia tries her best to lead the forces left to victory, but without the Jedi, they won’t have much of a chance.
Rey finds Luke on a far-distant planet, living like a hermit. He suddenly rejects her offer of helping The Resistance take on the First Order. Still angry and bitter over what happen with the young Ben Solo and his first generation of new Jedi, Luke Skywalker believes that the Jedi should go extinct. Rey must convince him otherwise or the side of good will be lost. But Luke Skywalker will sense great skill with the force in Rey, just like he had sensed in his now-evil nephew Kylo Ren.
Kylo Ren returns to his lord, and Snoke is not happy with him. The fact that he lost in a lightsaber duel to a girl who had never held one before, was quite the embarrassment. He calls Kylo Ren too much like his father, and emotionally weak as well. This infuriates Kylo Ren and he starts to fall further down the dark side of the force. However his mind is strangely linked to Rey’s and Rey thinks she can turn Kylo Ren back into Ben Solo. But with the last lightsabers are turned off, will the Jedi finally got extinct?
Overall I was very impressed by The Last Jedi. Though I will say, some of the details of what happens makes me think that its writer and director Rian Johnson made many changes to a story that was started by JJ Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, and Michael Arndt. Some ideas are good, some ideas are bad, but overall the movie will not feel like deja vu like The Force Awakens did. I was unfortunately hit by a stupid guy posting spoilers on social media, so I knew the major things were going to happen even though I tried to ignore them as “maybe not”. But I was never bored in this over 2 hour movie. In many ways, Star Wars reshaped the sci-fi genre back in 1977, and forty years later they prove they are still the king of the genre. Now granted, I looked up fan reactions, and many were pissed about the Last Jedi. But the prequels and The Force Awakening reactions proves that nobody likes to hate on Star Wars movies like Star Wars “fans” because it didn’t go the way they wanted.