3 out of 5 stars
Before I begin, spoilers ahead! Last weekend I went to see the Last Jedi. We thought we needed to order tickets ahead of time, so just in case, we did for a Saturday night, 6:15 showing. All I could think about was watching one of my favorite series, yet again on the big screen. We arrived 10 minutes early expecting a rush, but we were pleasantly surprised to find little traffic in the lobby. We collected our snacks and entered the theater only to find countless empty seats. A few filled up as the previews progressed, but as the famous blue words hit the screen, many seats were reflecting them and not people. Possibly just a coincidence, or maybe something else, but regardless, this sad theater reflected on how I felt about the movie, rather disappointed. Now let’s begin with the movie as a whole. First we should address the fact that the writers played many of their cards in this movie. In other words, what’s next! Some may get giddy with excitement with this unknown feeling, but think back to other Star Wars movies. We knew what needed to be addressed in the next film based on what we learned in the current film. At the end here, if feels like we’re looking toward an entirely new trilogy and not just a new movie. Second is the pacing. Looking back, this movie felt almost like a season finale of Game of Thrones, which I absolutely love by the way. Characters with some plot development are cut off in the middle of the movie after refusing to even put up a fight. Two characters come to mind; Snoke and Phasma. I loved the prospect of Snoke being an almost Emperor-esk villain who makes up for the lack of “big picture” ideals Kylo Ren holds, and his power made him seem like he could be even harder to take down, yet still he’s defeated by what, a flick of a force wrist! And let’s not drop Phasma. She recieved well deserved hype, and fans thought she would do something with her life in this movie. Nope. She simply failed to executed two resistance fighters in time, and then proceeded to lose yet again! That brings me to Rose. I loved the actor who gave a great performance, but why? We had our cast and crew and the writers decide to just throw another character into the story? She had decent development, I guess I just didn’t like her and that’s me. For Star Wars Fans, there were some positives. The Guards in Snoke’s death sequence put up a better fight than he did, which was pretty cool, and the Codebreaker’s acting was admirable, but it just didn’t stop certain plot holes from widening, as addressed earlier. On a lighter tone, let’s talk about the weapon designer city. Two alternate scenarios would have been perfect! One, the city could have been familiar, like Coruscant or Cloud City, and two, the codebreaker could/should have been Lando. Just think about it, “rolling at a high stakes table”, that’s Lando alright. Saying this won’t change the movie, but hopefully they will change the next one to justify what was given to us in The Force Awakens. In conclusion, I think the movie barley earned 3 stars, and nothing more.