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Movie Review: One Word For 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi,' Epic

by Todd A. Smith


(Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures) 


Another Epic 



In a galaxy far, far way, the “Star Wars” franchise continues to put out epic masterpieces.

The only competition for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” are the last few installments in the iconic movie series.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has some stiff competition from the previous two films.  But that does not negate the fact that the film is totally epic, both visually and conceptually.

In “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the Resistance is on its last leg.

Very few rebels still exist and the First Order is on a mission to end the rebellion once and for all.

Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) wants to take a more measured approach to the rebellion, but the reckless Poe (Oscar Isaac) prefers to stick it to the man regardless of the consequences.

When Poe’s mission to attack a First Order fleet results in catastrophe for the Resistance, he is demoted and his aggressive approach immediately becomes a thing of the past and undesirable for the mission moving forward.

In “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Princess Leia and others want to avoid the First Order in order to regroup by traveling by light speed.

Unfortunately, the First Order has devised away to find them even when they travel via light speed, meaning that they are trapped between a rock and a hard place.

The Resistance does not have the manpower to fight the First Order anymore.

Furthermore, the Resistance does not have enough fuel to run from the First Order for much longer.

The Resistance has two decent options left to continue their fight against their brutal oppressors, the First Order.

One, Rey (Daisy Ridley) must convince Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to rejoin the Resistance and teach the rebels the Jedi way.

Or Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) must find a code breaker who can disrupt the First Order’s technological advancement long enough for the Resistance to relocate via light speed safely and undetected.

While the story behind “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is the same as past films in the franchise and other films, (the oppressed must find a way to overcome their oppressors), the key is to break new ground in some way.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is visually magnificent, especially towards the end of the picture.

The destructive battle scenes are tight.

The dialogue is clever and humorous.

The only sour notes that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hits is the story of good versus evil is as old as Methuselah and seeing the late Fisher in her last go-round in her most iconic role is a little hard to digest.

Knowing that Fisher died at the end of production of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and that she will no longer be able to reprise her famous role as Princess Leia puts a bit of a damper on this epic film.

Despite the somber reality of Fisher’s last on-screen performance in the series, Fisher, Harrison Ford and Hamill have left this epic franchise in capable hands.


Thanks to Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo passing the torch (or light saber) to people like Poe, Finn and Rey, the force will continue to be epic for another generation of fans.






This article was published on Friday 15 December, 2017.
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