Hey there, folks! Do we call the local folk "yeti-ites"? What about "Yetians"? Regardless, it seems like it's been a little bit of time since I've written a review so let's get back at it! I decided to wait a little for the excitement to dull surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi. There's been so much hype, so much excitement, anticipation, and potential dread. Would it be everything die-hard fans hoped for or would it end up being universally panned and thrown into the trash alongside The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones, and Revenge Of The Sith? I know I'm potentially causing some grief by suggesting what I just did, but I will go on record stating flatly that I've enjoyed every single Star Wars film, I've watched every single episode of The Clone Wars (in actual order, as opposed to the episode order), and I'm caught up on Rebels. Let's just say that I'm a bit of a fan.
So, The Last Jedi happened. I watched it a couple days after its initial release and I'm about a hundred percent proud of myself for not having gotten caught up in any spoilers or reveals. That is of course, until I was in line to see the movie and some idiotic woman walked by while asking "could he just cut Luke in half like that?". Suffice it to say, I followed her out to the parking lot and keyed her car while she cried for help. Jokes, people. Jokes. I can suggest that my excitement about both the movie and my prowess at avoiding spoilers were both lessened a little. Fortunately, I got over it and enjoyed the viewing regardless. I want to talk about what I felt the movie did right and maybe some things that could have been better. I'll try to avoid any major spoilers but fortunately the movie has been in theatres for a couple weeks and apparently based on fervour and box office numbers, everyone on the planet has seen it. I'm not too concerned at this point when it comes to spoilers, but I'll try to avoid getting my car keyed.
There's a lot of good that came from the latest addition to the Star Wars universe. I had to really think on how I felt about the film after I left the theatre, but I can safely say that I'm a big fan. I have to say that I was initially thrown off by how the film opted to completely do away with fan theories and fan service. Instead, Episode VIII decided to carve its own path. The film spent time focusing on both Rey and Kylo Ren and put forth massive strides to break away from the Skywalker legacy. It's a bold decision but I'm always on-board when it comes to more Star Wars and more storylines! If anyone recalls Episode VII, Han Solo got knocked off by his son and in my mind laid the groundwork for the "passing of the torch" vibe that this latest episode exuded. The audience saw a lot more in the vein of the Han Solo death. Basically, the whole theatre cried when Admiral Ackbar was killed. I'm kidding, but damn if it wasn't a ballsy move.
I thought the movie spent some good time expanding on the new generation of characters, from Rey to Kylo Ren to FN-2187 and Poe Dameron. Actually, Poe needs some mention. I don't know if anyone else caught on, but I'm pretty sure most (if not all) of the loss on the Rebellion side was caused by Poe and his reckless arrogance. His inability to follow orders when it came time to call off the attack on the Dreadnaught and his subsequent "secret mission" involving Finn and Rose Tico caused most of the Rebellion deaths in the film. I discussed this with multiple people and I kept coming back to it. I guess I pretty much blame Poe for everything bad that happened to the Rebellion. Moving on, we saw Rey become more adept in the Force, Kylo Ren carve out his place in the First Order, and Finn breaking away from the structure and routine of being a Stormtrooper. We were introduced to the aforementioned Rose Tico along with DJ, a code breaker with no real allegiance to either side of the galactic conflict. Laura Dern showed up as Vice Admiral Holdo for a minute as well. I don't know that there were too many other introductions to new characters or any characters that stood out. Basically, Episode VIII really built on the story Episode VII laid out.
I guess were I to sum up the plot of Episode VIII, it's basically that the Rebellion needs to get away from the First Order. They need to find a new base and build up more rebel forces. I don't know that there's much more "main plot" involved. Some subplots tied to the main plot would be Rey getting Luke Skywalker back into the fight and becoming a Jedi. I guess that's pretty much it. It's a Star Wars film and not a lot of plot is really necessary. A few starship battles in space, a few lightsaber battles, and some epic music are all that's really needed to make it great. If I were to say anything about this latest film, I'd simply tell people to put away expectations and fanboy hopes. Going into it as a sequel to The Force Awakens and simply enjoying another peek into the Star Wars universe would be best. I quite liked the film and will be seeing it once or twice more before it leaves theatres. A couple eye-catching scenes would be the initial starship battle and that scene with Supreme Leader Snoke. I obviously recommend the film and I'm counting down the days until the Han Solo movie in 2018!