Star Wars: What did I just watch?
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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was this mess. This movie is the follow up the wildly popular and well received movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It picks up right where the last movie left off, and it kind of all goes down hill from there. I knew that the prequels were not going to be as good as they could be, so I was hoping these 3 newer movies would be a formal apology for those movies. It started off pretty well with The Force Awakens, but The Last Jedi left me disappointed, and quite frankly, a bit bored. I am one of the people that grew up on the Star Wars franchise. I wasn’t even born the first movies, but I literally grew up watching and playing Star Wars. The trailer was amazing and I was convinced that this would be the top Star Wars movie of all time. How wrong was I?
There was two separate movies going on in this film. If they would have left out one part, and concentrated on the other, maybe this would have been a better movie. The first part is Rey and Luke, and the struggles of the Force, the Jedi, and training. The second part is a completely pointless side adventure to get a code breaker. This is what I am going to concentrate on first. The rebels are in trouble because the New Order can now track and follow them in light speed. This means that they can follow them anywhere and destroy them on a whim. Never mind that the New Order is technologically advance. They decide to toy with the rebels and basically wait until they run out of gas and die instead of just destroying them in moments. I refuse to believe that the New Order didn’t have this power to end this quickly, and were just danging the rebels like a worm on a hook for entertainment purposes.
While this is going on, almost the entire fleet is destroyed and General Leia is in a coma. This means that the Vice Admiral takes over and refuses to tell anyone the plan even after Poe asks many times. The reason behind this? So those in charge not needing to tell some fly boy the plan so they don’t go off and do something stupid. Instead, they stay silent and characters go off and do something stupid anyway. Finn, new character Rose, and Poe to come up with a very strange plan to go to a planet and get a code breaker to get through a door to destroy the New Order’s ability to follow them in light speed. Never mind that we have seen droids do this very thing over and over again in other movies. This whole thing could have been avoided if the Admiral told everyone the plan, and would have avoided a standoff, and a whole bunch of people getting in needless danger. I have no clue how Finn and Rose didn’t understand that the code breaker would betray them. Everyone knew that was going to happen. There was no point to this at all. All this did was take away from the main story, and boy did that main story need help.
Rey and Luke was a very hard thing to watch as well. At first, watching Luke walk around the island with Rey following him made me smile. I looked at my friend and we both agreed that Luke was already training Rey. Turns out, he wasn’t, he was just being moody. It got so annoying how many times Luke walked away from Rey and seemingly refused to help her. This lead to Rey being open to Kylo and had a strong connection with him. Even though Snoke said he set this whole thing up, you couldn’t fake their connection. It could have been different if Luke would have listened and helped Rey instead of being strange and brooding. Kylo gets it from somewhere.
Rey’s big scene in the pit was pointless. It was set up to be something cool, but there was no pay off at all. It could have been so cool, but instead, it was empty. Plus, if this is true, and not just a thought that Kylo picked out of Rey’s head, her parents are no one. There is no connection with Rey and anyone. I wouldn’t have an issue with this at all if they didn’t spend the entire first movie setting up the mystery of Rey, her family, and where she comes from. This movie did a great job of making everyone in Force Awakens pointless.
We also find out that not only is Luke brooding, but he almost killed his own nephew in a moment of weakness. He read what could have been Ben’s future and saw Snoke taking hold. As Rey said, at that moment, he hadn’t chosen his path and anything could have happened. Luke had almost started to kill Ben, but he woke up and this started him down his very dark path to become Kylo Ren. A scared child had no hope, just like Rey. No wonder these two characters are drawn to one another. I loved the scene with Rey and Kylo fighting Snoke’s guards. It’s very well shot, and visually stunning. However, it was very disappointing to see the all powerful Snoke just get cut in half and that was it. Kylo takes his place and tries to get Rey to come with him and destroy everything. This means to end this whole past of the Jedi and the New Order and start over. Rey rejects him and this starts the end fight.
The few rebels that are left after the pointless side story, landed on an abandoned rebel planet. They are in a lot of trouble because they are in a cave with only one way in or out. They have a ram that could break down their door and kill all the rebels. The new New Order headed by Klyo Ren is ready to kill. Instead of letting Finn save the day by flying into the ram, Rose hits him and stops him because she didn’t want him to die. As bad as it got, Luke showed up after a meeting with Yoda, to fight. This leads to a huge stand off between Luke and Kylo, and Luke wins. Why, because we find out he never left the island at all, but projected himself across the universe by using the force. That was pretty cool, but when Luke dies after this, it seems like a huge letdown for not only us, but for the legacy of this character.
By the end of this movie, there are only a handful of rebels left. The universe refused to answer the call for help, so even though it seems like things are hopeless there is still a glimmer of hope in the slave children on the casino planet that they were at to get the code breaker. I guess that was a very thin thread connecting these stories together, but it really was a fine thread. Luke is dead, the rebels are at an all time low, Kylo is the new leader, and Rey is still as lost as she was before.
This whole review seems very negative and it is sad for me to do this. I want to make it clear that even though I love Star Wars. This movie was no where near as good as The Force Awakens, nor did it follow the Star Wars formula. Now, and forever, this saga is about the Skywalker family. George Lucas has said this time and time again. If you move away from the Skywalker family, then you miss something huge. This movie was setting up the Jedi as being pointless, because the force is in everyone. Fine, but how are people going to be trained if they need to be? There is no one left to help. The rebels are almost died out, but it still doesn’t seem as dire as Empire Strikes Back.There were several moments that I love about this film. First, Adam Driver does an amazing job as Kylo Ren. While Rose wasn’t given a great story line, she is a great character. I loved seeing Yoda and I’m not going to lie, I cried a bit. It was heartbreaking to see General Leia’s story line because we know in real life, she is gone. I wish we would have seen more Poe and Finn together, but the few moments we got of them was great. There is a lot of hope in this film, it just misses the mark on several points.