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I had watched The Last Jedi the other day and I will try here to review it without giving away spoilers or twists.
The eighth part of the ‘Star Wars’ saga is strikingly dazzling. After a material battle to kick off – the new director Rian Johnson (‘ Brick ‘) looks deep into the wounded souls of his heroes – especially in the dark Kylo Ren.
I You’re not really doing much, “Young Rey says disrespectfully to Jedi retiree Luke Skywalker, and the authors of the sequels have no scruples killing the gospel of George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars’, they proved in Episode VII, when angry Kylo Ren literally made his father, Han Solo, disappear into oblivion: he pushed him casually into an abyss – an inglorious end to Han Solo (Harrison Ford), who many fans considered the coolest character in the galaxy.
We meet Rey and Luke Skywalker right back where the cliffhanger at the end of J.J. Abrams’ seventh part on her fate in the unknown left: On a picturesque as well as deserted island whose steps carved into the rock seem almost to lead to heaven.
There, in the remnants of an ancient Jedi temple, the aged and broken Luke Skywalker lives his life. He was the youthful hero in the first three ‘Star Wars’ movies in the 1970s and 80s and is played as always by Mark Hamill, who has also matured dramatically compared to back then. However, the juvenile hero figure is a woman in the 21st century: 25-year-old Daisy Ridley, who showed in the last part who is wearing the three-quarter pants in the Star Wars universe.
Today, she is a strong supporter of Leia Organa (the 2016 deceased Carrie Fisher in one of her last roles). And Leia does not have to be saved in a bikini anymore. The princess of yesteryear is now general of the Resistance. She commands with heartfelt but forbidden attention the few resistance fighters who want to put an end to the leader of the evil First Order, Supreme Leader Snoke (as always a show: Andy ‘Gollum’ Serkis).
But the wild Rey desperately needs training to use her powers properly. The offer of father murderer Kylo Ren she had knocked out in the last movie. He clearly has a problem with his Anger Management. First, his fancy Darth Vader memorial helmet falls victim to a tantrum. So this time we get to see a lot of Adam Driver, who creates his Kylo Ren as a wonderfully weak villain.
Now, Rey hopes to Jedi veteran Luke Skywalker as a teacher, but he does not really want. What he carries with him for a small package and what Rey and Kylo Ren have in common, I do not want to reveal here. Only so much: There is a lot of sheet metal damage, the lightsabers are eagerly swung, and a lot of Star Wars stripes are looked up into the confused souls of the characters.
In addition old acquaintances appear again – and on both sides new heads. The biggest cuteness factor this time even not the droll droid BB-8, but feathered critters with big eyes. Yeah, ‘Lucas Film’ is now owned by Disney. So there is something for everyone in the far, far away galaxy. Boredom is guaranteed not to occur in the 151 minutes, which feel like one and a half hours.
While there are things to criticize, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is definitely one of the better Star Wars movies. Where exactly you place it within the saga, whether over or under The Empire Strikes Back, or Rogue One, is likely to depend heavily on personal taste. The established new characters in the predecessor such as Rey and Kylo Ren, but also Finn and Poe undergo important developments and finally take the lead of the old squad. All of this happens in a great story that steals here and there from the old days, but clearly proves more autonomy.
Especially in the space battles the film draws grandiose pictures with first-class effects on the canvas. Offside, Rian Johnson continues the work with many practical effects that give the film a more realistic look. Beyond doubt is the work of John Williams, who returns to his best. This is mainly because he again used more old themes in the soundtrack and thus enhances the recognition. An increase over Episode 7 is The Last Jedi without a doubt. A definite recommendation for every moviegoer – for Star Wars fans anyway.