Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017) ★★★★☆
Humpo Show Rating | 8.1
IMDb Rating | 7.6
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio del Toro, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Laura Dern, Frank Oz
Director: Rian Johnson
Plot Summary: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order. (IMDb)
The biggest film of 2017 has been Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, the billion dollar juggernaut gave a performance to match the hype. Full of surprises and with some brilliant battle sequences, The Last Jedi improved upon The Force Awakens due to the memorable moments that left audiences shocked and with their mouths open.
The cinematography and art direction was top class, The most memorable moment was the SILENCE. The Mega Destroyer is imprinted on my memory, for me that was an iconic moment in the Star Wars franchise, it will resonate with the audience whether they are watching it at the cinema or at home. A truly brilliant piece of visual and sound effects.
The Crait Battle again demonstrates the awesome ability of the visual effects team in creating an image that has our eyes glued to the screen, watching the speeders with their rooster tails dragging into the white salt, which exposes and sprays up a red crystalline structure underneath. The image is fascinating. The rebels arrive at a pristine white landscape, but as soon as The First Order arrive, the environment turns into one reminiscent of No Man’s Land, the red salt resembling blood. This visual imagery sets the stage for the climax that makes use of the incredible bloodbath of a setting, in jaw-dropping fashion.
Supreme Leader Snoke’s lair aboard the Mega Destroyer is one other example of a memorable location in The Last Jedi that has stayed with me one week after watching it. His throne at the head of the circular room, surrounded by all-red guards standing menacingly with their weapons. Snoke is startlingly imposing and he has an aura around him that tingles every villain sense there is. In this lair we see a Hitchcockian twist that is a pivotal moment, not only for the film, for Rey or Kylo, but for the whole galaxy and the series as a whole.
Rey and Kylo are the main protagonists and this trilogy is about their relationship with the force and with one another, with each of them choosing a differing pathway with regards to the force. As we know, Rey is this trilogy’s Luke Skywalker, but of course there had to be some differences in order for this series to not copycat the original. And the same can be said for Kylo, with similarities with Darth Vader aplenty. except Kylo is much more torn up over his actions, his identity and who his place in this galaxy. Episode IX is sure to be a thrilling conclusion, and the unpredictability concerning Kylo is bound to be a crucial part of the conclusion, and Rey’s heroism is also going to feature; her moral compass and jedi abilities will both be critical to the final outcome too. Every scene they had together was exceptional, and we learn a lot about their characters when they are with one another.
A special mention must be made to General Leia. Carrie Fisher’s last moments in a Star Wars film pulled at the heartstrings, and I am sure plenty of Star Wars fans shed a tear or two during this film with the knowledge that we’ll never see her again reprise her iconic role as Leia. It is interesting to see how they move forward without her, as they have already said they won’t digitally edit her into the role, so whomever takes on the role, has an almighty burden and will no doubt face a fierce backlash if her performance doesn’t stand up to the impossibly high standard.
I won’t drone on much longer about the film, but I just want to say Rose is an absolutely wonderful addition to the cast, Finn and her make a good team and I hope their friendship survives the next episode, and that Rose gets more screen time. Poe is at his impulsive best as the fighter pilot and he gives another solid performance here, but I am expecting more from his character in the next episode. The character that outperformed all of these though was…BB8! R2D2 is a droid that we absolutely adore, but I think BB8 is going to rival its popularity, especially with the modern audiences.
Two final things. The ending is INCREDIBLE! And the Porgs are CUTE!
May the Force be with you…
The Humpo Show | Richard