Star Wars 3D: The Last Jedi

Star Wars 3D: The Last Jedi


New generation stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac return alongside Star Wars legends Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in this sequel to The Force Awakens. Rian Johnson (Looper) writes and directs this episode, allowing us see why Disney have given him an entire new trilogy of Star Wars films, unrelated to these, to craft next.... More

Rey (Ridley) took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn (Boyega), Poe (Isaac), and Luke Skywalker (Hamill) in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga.Hide

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Playing out with an alarming degree of familiarity in its tone, setting and storyline, 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens ultimately served franchise course correction over bold storytelling – it existed to reassure the wider audience that Star Wars was in safe hands, and that the (perceived) missteps of the much-maligned prequels would no longer plague fans.... More

With that aim apparently satisfied, The Last Jedi presented an opportunity to push the franchise forward – it’s an opportunity writer/director Rian Johnson (The Brothers Bloom, Looper) has embraced with gusto.

This film may not represent a significant upending of what we’ve come to expect from a Star Wars movie, but it nevertheless presents enough new ideas to constitute the most unpredictable and exciting entry in the series since 1980’s widely revered The Empire Strikes Back.

Like that film, The Last Jedi upends many of the seemingly permanent notions put forward by its predecessor. It also introduces plot dynamics not seen before in the series – most impressively a protracted military stalemate that forces difficult decisions for the main characters.

Only glimpsed in the finalé of the last film, Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker is gifted a narrative that honours the mythic status of the character while allowing for Hamill’s underappreciated dramatic and comedic skills to shine. The late Carrie Fisher’s General Leia Organa has a surfeit of great moments as well, all of which are lent extra poignancy by the actor’s untimely passing.

The characters unique to this new trilogy – most notably Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren and Daisy Ridley’s Rey – progress forward in their arcs with a degree of surprise the film’s predecessor may not have led the audience to expect.

The opening space battle scene is an all-time franchise highlight, and the film subsequently offers up several dynamic set-pieces that combine dexterous contemporary filmmaking with a clear affection for the possibilities that George Lucas’ creation always promised.

The Force is most definitely with Rian Johnson, and The Last Jedi bodes extremely well for the recently-announced trilogy of new Star Wars films that he will write and direct.

Also, the origin of Blue Milk is revealed in a scene that feels like something out of early Peter Jackson. The film is peppered with these kinds of joyful moments. Star Wars fans old and new are guaranteed to have an absolute blast.Hide

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This is the sequel we’ve been waiting for…

I’ve been a huge Star Wars fan ever since, a long, long time ago in a cinema far away, I saw the first movie. But then, being a fan, only means I’m easier to disappoint with each new iteration of my favourite space soap.

Yet (despite another destroy-the-Death-Star third-act hokum), The Force Awakens restored my belief in the franchise and now The Last Jedi has cemented my renewed love affair... More with the sci-fi saga that still has potential to be running light years from now.

Kicking off right where J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens ended, Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi plunges us right back in, re-introducing Luke Skywalker, this time in the Obi Wan role as Rey’s reluctant Jedi mentor.

When Johnson was announced as director, I immediately knew we’d be in safe hands, judging by the excellence of his Brick script, and the superb lived-in aesthetic of his sci-fi Looper, Johnson was ideally placed to continue the new trilogy.

Together with his go-to cinematographer, Steve Yedlin, Johnson creates a vivid universe with a colour palette emphasising blacks, whites and reds, as coding for the light, dark and passion / danger sides of the Force.

The plot twists and turns, character development, effects, adventure and aesthetic are superbly realised in a film that’s by turns rewarding, fun, dizzying, spectacular and outright darn funny.

If there’s a major criticism, it’s the humour overload, (occasionally bordering on sly, fourth-wall breaking nods and winks), but hey it’s a family film, and it’s good to see it not be too po-(Dameron)-faced.

There’s still politics, philosophy and portentous revelations, but that doesn’t stop Johnson delivering on the huge spectacle, battle action and fun.

The longest Star Wars yet (at 150-minutes), it only sags slightly in the second act, and with so many characters, not all are as fleshed out or important to the story as you may wish. DJ, Benicio Del Toro’s character, is given little of import, but at least Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) get loads more to do, even if Hux is now more comic relief than cosmic rat.

John Boyega is great as Finn, but the focus here is on Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Adam Driver’s bitter Kylo Ren. Reaching Hamlet proportions of introspection, Ren is here established as one of the saga’s best villains.

Heck, he may not be as ugly as CGI-Snoke (a motion-capture Andy Serkis), but he’s turning into a great, conflicted heir to Darth Vader’s bad guy throne.

Laura Dern provides a new strong (if underwritten) female character as Vice Admiral Holdo, and Kelly Marie Tran is a welcome new addition as Resistance soldier, Rose Tico.

Best of all is welcoming back Mark Hamill, who plays Luke as an older, wiser, introspective Luke, and the opportunity for a fitting farewell to the late Carrie Fisher (as General Leia), to whom the film is dedicated.

The Last Jedi sets out to answer many of the questions posed in The Force Awakens, whilst continuing the saga in a way that should delight old and new fans, and provide some genuinely surprising new takes on old lore.

As a sci-fi blockbuster action movie, it’s a blast. As a Star Wars sequel, it’s a hugely delightful character-focused epic that’s wondrous to behold on the big screen in 3D with pulsating surround sound.

Yup - the Force is strong with this one.Hide

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The Press Reviews

  • An explosive thrill-ride of galactic proportions. Full Review

  • A feast of a follow-up that actually pushes the saga forward. Full Review

  • Although [it] meets a relatively high standard for franchise filmmaking, Johnson’s effort is ultimately a disappointment... the longest and least essential chapter in the series. Full Review

  • Rian Johnson turns this middle part of the current trilogy into an 'Empire Strikes Back' for the next generation. Full Review

  • An excellent middle chapter bursting with wit, wisdom, emotion, shocks, old-fashioned derring-do, state-of-the-art tech, and stonking set-pieces. Full Review

  • If The Force Awakens raised a lot of questions, The Last Jedi tackles them head-on, delivering answers that will shock and awe in equal measure. Fun, funny but with emotional heft, this is a mouth-watering set-up for Episode IX and a fitting tribute to Carrie Fisher. Full Review

  • It is a satisfying, at times transporting entertainment. Remarkably, it has visual wit and a human touch, no small achievement for a seemingly indestructible machine that revved up 40 years ago and shows no signs of sputtering out (ever). Full Review

  • Loaded with action and satisfying in the ways its loyal audience wants it to be ... generally pleasing even as it sometimes strains to find useful and/or interesting things for some of its characters to do. Full Review

  • A stunning black, white, and red color pallette, thrilling adventure, appealing new characters, worthy developments for old friends and a cause to root for. Full Review

  • Feel the force of this highly entertaining, fun and touching instalment of a cinema franchise that looks to be a strong as ever. Full Review

  • Makes its own way confidently and invigoratingly through the galaxy, delivering all the drama, the suspense, the wonder, the spectacle, the novelty and the heart I need from my Star Wars fix. Full Review

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