Friday, December 15, 2017

STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI MOVIE REVIEW

 Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is directed by Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Issac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro. I am not going to tell you anything about the plot. I want you to go into it knowing as little as possible. The Last Jedi is an amazing movie. It's great to see a squeal that not only lives up to the hype but also surpasses the previous film.  This is a unique Star Wars film that fits in with the saga but is also able to stand on its own. I think out of all the Star Wars films this one takes the most risks. It does things I wasn't expecting.  There's a lot of twist and turns, there's some great storytelling and the performances are all fantastic.    My Biggest problem with The Force Awakens was the character Kylo Ren I couldn't take him seriously. Thankfully that problem has been fixed. He is actually very intimidating and thankfully he doesn't act like a whiny bitch this time. Adam Driver did a wonderful job and he has some of the best scenes in this movie. Daisy Ridley knocks it out of the park as Ray once again. She gets a lot more screen time with Kylo Ren which I loved some great stuff between the two of them including my favorite scene in the movie. I wish I could go more into that. Daisy Ridley is my new celebrity crush.  John Boyega is back as Finn and he gets a lot more to do this time. Oscar Issac as Poe also gets a lot more screen time and he was one of my favorites of the new characters in Force Awakens. Mark Hamill finally gets to speak as Luke Skywalker. I think this is his best performance as Luke.    You also have some new cast members Laura Dern is really great in this film. Benicio del Toro is fantastic. Also returning is Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux. I wasn't thrilled with either character in The Force Awakens.  Thankfully that was another problem that was fixed. Phasma gets a great action scene and Hux gets one of the funniest scenes at the beginning of the movie.  Andy Serkis is back as Supreme Leader Snoke. I thought Snoke looked a lot better in person than he did as a hologram in the last movie. Finally, the late Carrie Fisher is back as Leia. Just like Mark Hamill, this is her best performance as Leia.    Visually this is the most beautiful Star Wars movie especially towards the latter half with the big climax that takes place on this planet were the dirt is red and it contrasts beautifully with the white.  There is a lot of phenomenal action and director Rian Johnson handles it very well. Also, the score by John Williams is especially good this time there was some great new stuff with some old stuff sprinkled in.  There is a lot of humor and all of it works I laughed many times.  The real reason why I love this film so much is there are great emotional stakes. All of these relationships have been so well developed. The story is completely engaging. There are certain things that you expect to happen in a Star Wars film. Certain sequences take place in a certain order, but this movie blows that right out of the water. I had no idea where this movie was going to go and I loved that.   I have only given two Star Wars movies my highest grade well now it's three.  5 out of 5 stars for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not. 


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