Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS

It was a snowy day at the IMAX in London that myself, my brother and out friend, went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The eighth installment in the series had been two years in the making, and we were all excited to see what would happen next in the struggle between the New Order and the Resistance.

As we sat, 3D glasses in hand, waiting for the guy on the microphone to finish his pre-movie announcements, I was thinking about how they would find a fitting end to General Leia’s character after the sad death of Carrie Fisher.

I was expecting, as many might, that it would open to the shot of Rey and Luke Skywalker on top of the hill. However, instead we were plunged into a battle between the New Order and the Resistance. It was obvious from this first scene, that this movie would have a nice touch of humour running through it. We were also treated to Ade Edmondson in a cameo role as one of the generals.

The scene that has been built-up over so long was now upon us, but the climax was not as you would expect. It also began the continued journey of Luke Skywalker that I have to say, in his own words “Isn’t going to go the way you think.” The interaction between Rey and the Jedi Master is not the same as that of Obi Wan Kenobi and a young Luke from A New Hope, though the story does have some similarities that you cannot deny.

Rey is desperately looking for Skywalker to teach her, while he is just looking to live and die in peace. The back story to why Skywalker is living this hobbit life is slowly dragged out throughout the movie, but it doesn’t put Luke in a good light and that irked be a little. To take such an iconic character, and essentially make him out to be a remorseful attempted murdered of his former pupil, seems like a purposeful attempt to ruin his image. Even though he helps the resistance in the end, even this seemed reluctant and just to appease the many cries of derision they would have had from the fans.

The developing relationship between Rey and Ben Solo was cleverly done, with them telepathically arguing and Rey trying to turn him back to the light. You can see similarities between Luke and Vader in the way she tries to help him, though there also seems to be an aspect the feint hint of love such as Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala had in previous episodes.

I won’t go into detail about the CGI effects as you will know that they are impressive. However, as us old geezers were lamenting later on, good CGI does not a great film make, it still needs a good story. I personally would have loved to see more lightsaber action, as this always entertains me and, well, anyone can sit in a spaceship and fire missiles at each other.

The movie looks as though it is working towards a resistance resurgence in the next episode, though there is still the issue of how they will deal with the death of Carrie Fisher. Maybe they will go down the CGI route that they used to resurrect Peter Cushing in Rogue One. I just hope that they leave some aspects of the original trilogy intact and give those who love the originals some shred that doesn’t turn bad.