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Star Wars: The Last Jedi- review

 

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017)

Directed Rian Johnson

Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill

Running Time 152 Minutes, Rated PG-13

3.5 Mitch’s out of 5

Mitch Hansch/movieswithmitch.com

 

The eighth episode in the Star Wars saga is tidy, efficient, has a few moments of surprise, and a few scenes that drop the jaw.  Rian Johnson (Looper) directs “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” to a pleasant if not outstanding outing.  One can assume that these films will come out well no matter what, but that just isn’t the case; sorry Ewan McGregor. So, one should be appreciative of a good product such as The Last Jedi; it’s just that I want to come out the theater forever changed, I want these films to have imprinted on the outcome of my life, and I don’t think that’s too much to ask, but Santa couldn’t make it out to that far away of a galaxy.

 

The Resistance is dwindling and putting all their chips into finding the in hiding Master Luke Skywalker which Mark Hamill gets to reprise for more than just 30 seconds of screen time this time around.  Rey (Daisy Ridley) has found the Last Jedi, and the film goes into one of its many “odes” (carbon copy plot points) as Luke eventually trains her as Yoda did for him on a different lightly inhabited remote planet.  Adam Driver is giving a Master Class in brooding as Kylo Ren with his dark side and Domhnall Gleeson is utterly delightful as the sniveling General Hux.  

Some of the exotic locales don’t work for me as much, (cough, cough, the casino), but some of the twists do work for me (cough, cough, I’m not giving away any of the twists dummy).  The force is strong with girl power in this one, as Rey, General Leia (R.I.P. Carrie Fisher), and newcomers to the series Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) and the spunky Rose Tico (Kellie Marie Tran) have the biggest effects when it comes to the fate of the galaxy in this one.  

To channel Yoda;  good enough, this time around it is..hmm.

Matthew 20:16

 

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