Film Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Before The Last Jedi came out, I was shocked and surprised to see Disney announce they were handing Rian Johnson the keys to a brand new additional Star Wars trilogy after the conclusion of Episode IX. After The Last Jedi has been released, I can see exactly why they've put so much faith in him. If J.J. Abrams most certainly did not understand Star Wars with his imperfect The Force Awakens, Rian Johnson has perfectly understood the mantra, mentality and nature of Star Wars. The set pieces and battles are spectacular. Starting off right where The Force Awakens ended, the battle between the Republic and First Order rages on, with casualties aplenty. Supreme Leader Snoke, General Hux and Kylo Ren are on the war-path hunting down the Resistance. Rey is trying to persuade Luke to return to save everyone. From deep hyperspace, to the decadent hedonism of Canto Blight and the sparse salt flats of Crait, no-one really is safe throughout and there are some absolutely shocking moments, choreographed brilliantly to ensure action and suspense. There is a lot of thought in the film too, including a wider exploration into Star Wars lore and the legacy of the Jedi- something which die-hard fans will care about much more than more caual fans- but these moments of quieter contemplation and focus slot in neatly against the all-guns-blazing action. It's probably a 70-30 split in regards to action sequences against developmental periods of dialogue, but the pace of the film is retained throughout. In this aspect, The Last Jedi works as one giant chase sequence.
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