Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Film Review

For The Force Awakens, my excitement was off the charts and I thought I could burst with anticipation and when I saw it, I loved it 100%, glossing over its flaws because I was so happy it was back and gave me what I wanted. With The Last Jedi, I just didn’t have that same level and because of this, I cast a more critical eye, even though I’m sure it gives fans exactly what they want.

I want to keep this review spoiler-free so I will just stick to the general plot – it’s basically more of the usual with The First Order trying to take out what remains of the Resistance, who have been forced to flee their planet. Rey (Daisy Ridley) tries to get Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to teach her and return to help the cause, while Finn (John Boyega) and newbie Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) go on a mission to break the tracker on the Star Destroyer.

I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, it is very, very good, but it is not flawless.  I didn’t really care for Finn’s storyline – it felt like everyone else had been given something decent to do and he got the short straw. Tran was an excellent addition but their mission was ultimately pointless and seemed like it was just there purely for the sake of giving him something to do. It was all about Rey, Luke and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) for me, so this just felt distracting and time-wasting and added unnecessary length to the two and a half hour movie. The Resistance story was pretty good, with Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) trying to call the shots despite orders from General Leia (Carrie Fisher) or Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern).

It was fantastic to see Isaac, Fisher and Hamill get more screen time and Ridley has improved but she still seems to get lumbered with bad lines. I’m still not sold on her acting abilities tbh. I loved every scene with Rey, Luke and Kylo and Driver was the standout without a doubt – his scenes were exciting and his performance was terrific. It’s refreshing to have a great human villain in a sci-fi franchise following a string of lame CGI baddies recently.

There is definitely more comedy and I loved that. I laughed out loud a lot – mainly at the porgs and BB-8! General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) was campy but serious last time, so it was good to see his campness used for comedic effect this time around. He is mostly played for laughs and this was a great idea.

I loved the porgs and the droids and it was visually stunning but it was a tad overstuffed and could have done with being about 20-30 minutes shorter. There are some genuinely amazing and surprising scenes which gripped me completely but there were also plenty of scenes which could have been trimmed or dropped. Despite that, I enjoyed it thoroughly and I think Rian Johnson has created a worthy instalment that Star Wars fans will love.

In cinemas Thursday 14th December 

SEE ALSO: Pictures from The Last Jedi premiere

Coverage from The Last Jedi press conference

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