Movie Review: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
STAR RATING (out of 5): ****
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is yet another installment in the Star Wars franchise and… It’s actually pretty good! To be honest, I haven’t been involved with Star Wars. I always thought that it was overhyped and didn’t care to watch most of these movies. I knew plenty about the continuity to enter this experience without getting confused. To my pleasant surprise, I enjoyed it.
Strong performances – especially from Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley – power the character development. The tone is a smart balance of drama and fun. The movie doesn’t drag you down, but does have substance. You grow to cheer for the characters and appreciate them in all their incredible milestones they hit in this journey.
The narrative is somewhat unpredictable and throws many curveballs, although it doesn’t steer off course either. This Star Wars movie really explores the different shades of justice, and how one can get lost in pursuing it. It challenges our perception of good and bad, blurring the line between black and white. That’s something I really appreciated, as it seemed the other Star Wars movies were fixated on who was hero and who was enemy. Things are different here.
The first act is boring. It sets things up of course, but feels like a drag. Things really kick off after that though.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is an effective and grounded experience that left me clapping. Can’t wait for the next one!