“This is not going to go the way you think” are words we first heard uttered by Luke Skywalker in the trailer and like other reviewers have noted, that line also sets you up for this film.
The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson is a high-stakes Star Wars film that isn’t afraid to tackle its audiences expectations. Even while writing this review, I’m still in awe at this new entry to the franchise. The way that Johnson has managed to take characters and situations that we’re used to while taking them into fresh bold territory is stunning to behold.
That isn’t to say that the film is ‘perfect’, there are some issues with tone particularly in the first act of the film and in terms of Benecio Del Toro’s character who doesn’t really have much to do. But in terms of the expansion of The Force and the characters we love, the Last Jedi absolutely excels.
Carrie Fisher’s presence is not haunting, but instead a magnificent showcase of her tremendous skills. Through costuming, the script and the character of General Leia herself, Carrie’s touch is all over the film and it’s beautiful to behold. She doesn’t just merely glow, she shines throughout.
There are moments which will divide Star Wars fans and I think that’s a good thing. To be challenged in such a large scale franchise film on this scale is always welcome, and The Last Jedi truly cements itself as the founding centre of this new Sequel Trilogy.
Overview: Rian Johnson not only crafts an incredible Star Wars film, he actively challenges the audience/characters. The Last Jedi might just be the finest film in the saga.