Tis’ the season to be jolly, or so tells us the Western World. For movie-buffs though, regardless of religious or cultural orientation,
The Last JediA perfect episode to finish off 2017. Blockbuster.
The Last Jedi
Tis’ the season to be jolly, or so tells us the Western World. For movie-buffs though, regardless of religious or cultural orientation, there really is a reason to rejoice. Star Wars has cornered cinema screens across the globe, with it’s eighth installment, ‘The Last Jedi’. Produced by Disney and LucasFilm and directed by Rian Jhonson, it’s a two and a half hour long space opera designed for a PG-13 audience to go gaga over. Star Wars has become a religion of sorts (some comic-con enthusiasts have even registered it as a religion), and the followers are more enthusiastic for a new film than a priest for midnight mass.
Luke Skywalker makes a come-back in this film, in order to bury us in nostalgia. The new generation of the First Order as well as the Resistance is promising. Equipped with spaceship fights and light saber theatrics, the production team has set up a delectable feast for movie-goers. It’s a must watch for anyone who has, even the vaguest idea of Star Wars. For those of you who don’t, we suggest a quick explanation video on YouTube and then a ticket to ‘The Last Jedi’, this weekend. May the Force be with you.
Before we dive into the details, let’s meet the multitude of actors:
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
Late Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia
Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke
Daisy Ridley as Rey
Adam Driver as Kylo Ren
Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron
John Boyega as Finn
Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico
Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata
Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Holdo
Benicio Del Toro as DJ
Star Wars was an enigma when the first film came out in 1977. People were enthralled with c3Po and all the space monsters. Storm Troopers became a rage and the whole Star Wars universe became the ultimate fantasy that the audience was ever exposed to. Crushes over Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia were common as coal and a whole generation grew up with Chewbacca stuff toys. However, things are different in 2017. Today, we have seen almost every manner of science fiction. From superhero flicks to ET. Films of humans in space doesn’t seem out-worldly. The magic of the silver screen doesn’t allure a younger audience as it did the older. For a film to now be successful, and a film like ‘The Last Jedi’, which has a legacy (or baggage), of seven previous films, created over 4 decades is extremely challenging.
It took Rian Jhonson’s directional genius, along with a healthy mix of an old and new cast to make the whole thing work like a charm. This film is truly one of the finest that the Star Wars franchise has produced. It is driven around the story, doesn’t allow a single dull moment and gives enough space for all the adrenaline rushes that will consume you throughout the movie. The idea of a space odyssey was always to make the viewer feel like they themselves were on an intergalactic trip and that is precisely what ‘The Last Jedi’ allows.
The film follows multiple storylines that eventually coalesce. Rey goes off to seek Jedi training from Luke Skywalker himself. Who is reluctant to impart any of his teachings and has become very Yoda-like himself (incomprehensible and stout). The Resistance is being headed by General Organa and Vice Admiral Holdo, who try to hold the fort while fighter pilot Poe Dameron channels a Han Solo and perpectually experiments with convention. The First Order now has a new-fangled ‘tracking system’, which allows them to be two steps ahead of the Resistance. Finn and Rose Tico (the most adorable couple in space) are sent to remedy the issue by finding a hacker who might help their cause.
On the other side of the Force, Kylo Ren is becoming very Vader-like. He telepathically connects with Rey and tries to persuade her over to the Dark side. He vehemently disregards the legacy of Vader and is of the opinion that the only way to succeed is to dismiss the past.
The rest is routine. A casino full of space creatures, a damaged star-ship with a boisterous captain, a light-saber war in the snow on an unnamed planet and a shocking disclosure of parentage. A show-down between the master and the disciple. The allure of the Dark side, rivaled only by a childishly innocent hope in the Force. The formula works even after 40 years.
A few squeals of joy are guaranteed, as are a few solemn moments. The climax is very exciting and leaves us wanting more. The film takes its time to establish the plot and then unwinds playfully in the hands of its’ competent director Rian Jhonson. He has helped establish the current Star Wars trilogy as a Force to be reckoned with (pun intended). The performances are witty and vigorous. Right from Mark Hamill catapulting off rocks to a coy Rose Tico eyeing Finn, they all add their personality to the film. The finest performances are delivered by the trio, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill, as was expected. The performances that let us down were that of John Boyega and Benicio Del Toro, making theirs’ the weakest storyline. These actors really need to improve on their screen presence. The newest addition to the cast, Kelly Marie Tran is the one we would like to see more of.
In summary, it’s a very entertaining film. Given that the age-range of the Star Wars fanclub shows wide variation, ‘The Last Jedi’, might even qualify as a family film. The plot is cohesive, the visuals are on point and the sound track is rightly other-worldly. To top it all off, Chewbacca also has a moral epiphany. Make sure to catch this one in theaters. I give it 4/5.
You will like this film if: You’ve ever been a fan of the Star Wars franchise
You will dislike this film if: You think all sci-fi films are nonsense
Best Performance: Mark Hamill