Star Wars: The Last Jedi
REVIEW BY HAMZA POONAWALA
After two years, Star Wars returns with The Last Jedi. With unforgettable views, a great story, and multiple twists and turns along the way, Rian Johnson does a brilliant job with the second instalment of the sequel trilogy, considering the fact that this is his debut film.
The film picks up from the events of The Force Awakens, where Rey tries to convince reluctant Jedi Master Luke Skywalker to train her, and help the Resistance defeat the First Order. Meanwhile the Resistance are planning an evacuation before the ruthless First Order can get to them. The Story is a strong part of the film. I won’t go much into detail, but the story always has the viewer on his/her seat throughout the film. From the questions formulated by the public at the end of The Force Awakens, Director Rian Johnson choses certain questions, and answers them in such a way, where the viewer is content with the answer, but at the same time, wants to know more.
Unlike previous Star Wars films, The Last Jedi focuses on showing another side to our Force wielding characters, by showing the conflict within them regarding the Dark Side, the Light Side, what it means to be a Sith or a Jedi, and what the Force truly means. This shows different traits of characters like Luke, Kylo, and Rey.
Like every Star Wars film, characters are given a lot of importance. In this film, the villains shine amongst all the characters of this film. Supreme Leader Snoke leaves a chill in the air whenever he appears, and Kylo Ren is like a simmering pot, that explodes in the end because of all the anger within him. He is no longer that Darth Vader want to be be fanboy (well he wasn’t even close), who wears a mask, and flings a light-saber around like it’s a child’s toy. He has matured, and even grown stronger then he was in The Force Awakens. But he still throws tantrums. Hopefully by the next film he won’t be as cranky.
Another connection in the film that leaves a mark on the audience is the student-teacher relationship we see between Rey and Luke. Not only is their journey an emotional one, with secrets being unravelled, but it is also nostalgic for Star Wars fans of all ages, as it is a throw back to the relationship between student and teacher in all Star Wars films, like Luke and Yoda, Qui Gon and Obi Wan, and Obi Wan and Anakin Skywalker (AKA Darth Vader).
When it comes to visuals, they are mind-blowing. Seeing the massive size of a Star Destroyer never gets old, and the Millennium Falcon never gets to old. Sadly the Death Star/Death Star 2.0/Star Killer Base doesn’t make a return (although we might get a Star Killer Base 2.0 in Episode IX), but we do get to see Snoke’s Dreadnaught, when compared to the Resistance’s Carrier is like comparing a Whale to an Ant (Yet they can’t blow it up). However, the true spectacle of the film was the battle on Crait. If people thought that the Battle of Hoth (Episode V) was one of the greatest ones till date, oh boy will they reconsider after you see this.
To conclude, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is definitely worth the wait, leaving enough scope and multiple opportunities for Episode IX (2 more years for that, with another prequel coming next year- God help us all for that one). In my opinion, it is the best Star Wars film till date.
Rating – 4.5/5
Does It Have The Y Factor? – Yes, Most Certainly