A new start or a new hope? That’s what fans may take away from this next installment of this Star Wars sequel trilogy Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.
Like The Empire Strikes Back, action kicks off the film, with the Resistance continuing its struggle against The First Order in fight or flight situation. Cmdr. Poe Dameron displays his deft skills in his X-Wing fighter; although heroic Leia dismisses him as a show off.
The presence of Carrie Fisher is heartbreaking, but she’s among a handful of strong women in The Last Jedi with Rey (Daisy Ridley), Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) and Laura Dern (Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo) among them.
Despite her will, Rey struggles to find her feet while discovering the ways of The Force when she visits Luke on the island planet of Ach-To, a storyline that continues from The Force Awakens. Luke subjects Rey through a series of emotional tests in a surprising way that Star Wars fans may not have seen coming.
While Rey looks for ways to rescue her friends from the clutches of The First Order and Supreme Leader Snoke, the enemy’s new technology has forced a conflict among the Resistance leaders on how to handle the situation. As a result, the protagonists split up.
Finn (John Boyega), who’s on a mission that has courage, heart and humor. He and new cohort, the feisty Rose Tran, play well off each other. The ever-lovable BB-8 is embroiled with DJ (Benicio Del-Toro), who is sadly underused.
Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), meanwhile, is marred by his defeat against Rey and is being chided by his master Supreme Leader Snoke and General Hux, to which point he starts to lose his mind. Still, he has a special connection with Rey, that he recognized in The Force Awakens.
Although The Last Jedi is dark, comic relief is aplenty—but a bit too much–especially at the hands of the Porgs, these little orange and white animals that fall in love with Chewbacca. They’re adorable and their traits aren’t overdone like mistakes from the past (did someone say Jar Jar?). We also see Luke inside the Millennium Falcon as he reminisces about this “piece of junk” took him through many adventure with his old friends.
Without giving away the plot, there is light saber action from the usual suspects, and surprise appearances that will make fanslaugh and shed a tear. The movie takes full advantage of the latest technology, the vistas of the planets and the sounds of all the new surroundings really come to life. John Williams is back as the maestro and without a doubt provides a fantastic score, which brings in older themes from the original trilogy.
The common thread doesn’t stop there. Some scenes are a bit too reminiscent of the former films. The primary problem, though, is the characters aren’t developed well.
The answers that everyone may seek from seeing this movie may or may not be revealed from a certain point of view.