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Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi, based on the Universe created by George Lucas: a Film Review

Synopsis:

The battle of Starkiller Base has passed.  The Resistance is evacuating their base lead by General Leia Organa when the First Order arrive.  Against her orders, Poe Dameron leads a successful but ultimately costly attack on the dreadnoughts that allowed for the rest of the Resistance fleet to escape into hyperspace.

The First Order finds them quickly, tracking them into and out of hyperspace.  As they continue to flee just out of reach of the dreadnought blasters the situation looks bleak.  They are running low on fuel.  They have been attacked. And their beloved General is lying in a coma.  Vice-Admiral Holdo assumes command of the Resistance.

Rey attempts to recruit Luke Skywalker back into the Resistance, trying to drag him from his self-imposed exile.  He refuses to help and speaks of the ways of the Jedi needing to end.  After some prodding from R2-D2 Luke agrees to give Rey three lessons in the Force but is terrified when she is drawn immediately to the Dark Side without trying to resist the pull.  Though she is not pulled to the Dark Side a strange connection with Kylo Ren has them baffled.

Poe, Finn, mechanic Rose and BB-8 rush off on a secret mission to help the Resistance fleet as it runs low on fuel.  They have discovered a way to prevent the further tracking of the fleet, but it will take an act of the Force to pull it off. 

The balance of the Galaxy is in the hands of the Force as each of the groups race to put a stop to the First Order in their own way.

General Information:

-Genre: Space Opera

-Creator: based on the universe created by George Lucas

-Length: 152 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild use of alcohol, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Mark Hamill, Carie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio de Toro

-Page of Reference in RP1: 62

Review (contains spoilers):

Its an interesting game of cat and mouse that gets played in this on several levels. 

You have the issue with the Resistance and the First Order. 

You have Kylo Ren looking for both Rey and for General Leia.

You have Rey chasing Luke.  And Luke running from his past.

Finn running from basically everything.

Everyone has their stories to tell.

The whole film is just an endless game of chase.  It’s an intriguing method of getting the story in.  And one of the movies that doesn’t feel like it is too expositional or too information heavy.  There is so much that happens, but it is so important to know everything that is going on.

I absolutely love this film.  It is a wonderful portrayal of what happens when people lack information, refuse to share plans with each other, or just don’t think of the greater picture.  Yet they all come together in the end to make a difference.  They all work together to change the world around them.

It is a masterful use of the screen and storytelling.  Everyone has a hand in their destiny.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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