Star Wars: The Last Jedi—I’m Conflicted

Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie poster
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues the adventures of Rey, Finn, and Poe as they battle the First Order for the fate of the universe. Things don’t go so well this time.

1—Thrilling

The fights, both between people and between starships, are great. They all have that sense of awe and danger. Partly this is the choreography and effects, but it’s also that each fight has consequences. People die and fates change.

2—Pointless Side Quest

I am massively annoyed about Finn and Rose’s side-quest. It does nothing but ultimately result in half the remaining Rebellion getting killed. It just seems so pointless. Though that may be the point, as this seems like more of a war movie than The Force Awakens, not that it’s as much a war movie as Rogue One was.

It just feels like we’re supposed to think things are ok because the heroes are ok. I can’t help feel that the Rebels are fucked even if they defeat Kylo Ren, because a military machine as well-built as the First Order shouldn’t go down just because the head is taken off. It’ll just grow a new one, someone else taking their place in the chain of command.

3—Rey and Luke

Rey and Luke were cute together. I’m not sure most would share that opinion but I liked their bickering and back and forth. Not that there was a terrible amount of bickering, mostly it was in the body language, the way Rey just wouldn’t leave Luke alone, following him around and just…not giving up. But then, Rey’s good at that. As for Luke, he’s pretty stubborn himself. But at the end he goes out well.

4—Endings and Beginnings

There’s a through line about letting both the Jedi and the Sith die out. Even Luke thinks the Jedi’s time is and should be at an end. Letting the past go and moving on…yeah, it feels like that’s part of what this movie is about. New beginnings, new people, new generation. Hell, the movie even ends with a little kid looking up at the stars.

 

Conclusion

I don’t know how I feel about The Last Jedi, I think because I’m waiting to see how the whole story ends. Middles are hard to judge on their own. I am happy to report that the opening scroll was kept short. I am also happy that Rey’s parents were no one special. It brings back that feeling that anyone could use the force, that it doesn’t just belong to a special bloodline or the like. Like Luke says, the force doesn’t belong just to the Jedi.

Kylo Ren is still a whining douchebag though.

And Rey is still a badass.

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