Lucas Garrett is a gentleman who in the space of a few short years has entered that elite society of being one of the best friends I’ve never met in person (in fact, it’s a pretty big society) We bonded through our mutual love of Pulps, Movies, Comic Books, Science Fiction and Pop Culture in general. He quickly impressed me with his extensive knowledge of Classic Pulp and he is one of the leading voices in the New Pulp Community, always generous with his time and providing thoughtful, meaningful criticism, ideas and opinions. He’s also a sometime movie reviewer and soon as I read his review of STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI I asked if I could post it here and he graciously gave his consent. So without further delay or rat-tat-tattin’ from me, I give the microphone over to Mr. Lucas Garrett…
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Okay. Here we go….
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI gets an 8.5 out of 10.
Honestly, it was too damn long.
And the little chicken creatures weren’t needed. I know why they were there, I just didn’t care to see them.
But that’s me.
On the positive side, I Ioved that Rey and Kylo Ren upgraded power level wise in this film.
Especially, Kylo, both in the Force, and his new position at the end of the film.
His Master Snoke was a joke. Pun absolutely intended.
He was a pretender who actually thought he had it all figured out. He chose poorly. Quite sad.
Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine would have dealt with Snoke.
It’s funny, because when you think about it, the appearance of Snoke in THE FORCE AWAKENS and THE LAST JEDI pretty much cemented the lasting dominance and legacy of Palpatine and why his absence has redirected the path of the Dark Side of the Force.
It, like the Light Side, is not what it once was.
However, two vessels in the form of Ben Solo (Kylo Ren) and Rey have come along and have taken center stage to be the shepherds of the two sides of the Force going forward. And with that comes the end of the old guard.
Leia and Luke were the MVPs carrying this film. Sadly, their age is done. And a new age and a new rebellion has begun.
I suspected that Luke would be to this trilogy what Obi-Wan was to the original trilogy. And from a certain point of view, you could say that’s the case. He definitely has a lot of his father, Anakin, in him, as a certain scene told from two points of views will show.
And that’s the greatest strength of THE LAST JEDI. Multiple points of views. Some well defined. Others as murky as crude oil.
Very few are showing their hands. Others have great slight of hand.
Looking particularly at you five, Benicio Del Toro’s character, Laura Dern’s character, Kylo, Leia and Luke.
Even though Luke for most of the film wanted nothing to do with it. He was done. Came to that planet to die.
And yet, at the end, Luke’s and their final poker faces, in this film, held till the very end.
Finn, Rey, Rose, and especially, Poe, were goners. You could see them coming a mile away.
Because they are true believers. No lies. No deception from this lot. But a whole lot of luck.
I’m talking “You shouldn’t be alive. Why are you still alive?” luck.
They say that fortune favors the bold.
Well, Rey, Finn, Rose, and Poe had tanks filled with fortune.
So where do we go from here after this film?
I don’t know.
I saw a decent overextended film, and a definitive passing of the torch.
The prospects of what that means has ruffled more than its fair share of feathers and critics.
Mostly because people fell in love with the Skywalker age. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
But that’s not where this incarnation of STAR WARS is taking us.
And Mark Hamill was right in voicing his criticism of what has become of his most beloved character.
Because it’s not the ideal Luke Skywalker.
The ideal Luke Skywalker as Jedi Knight and New Republic General would have led the charge to end the Empire and all of its surviving factions.
The ideal Luke Skywalker would have been a magnificent Jedi Master and mentor to his young Jedi, and above all, a good uncle to his nephew, Ben Solo.
But that’s not what we got. Plans change.
That’s why people have a love/hate relationship with the House of Mouse.
And that’s why I have been hesitant when it comes to liking new STAR WARS under Disney’s management.
Because they have a history of pulling the rug out from underneath you if you don’t pay attention.
And they have earned that reputation. But it is what it is.
Will I see the final film in this trilogy? Probably.
I think that there is weight to Luke’s warning to Rey, “This is not going to go the way you think….”
That wasn’t just a warning to Rey, it was a warning to all of us.
Leave theories and preconceived notions at the door.
They’re going a different route. Somewhat similar. Yet not so much.
I guess if you loved or hated THE LAST JEDI and new STAR WARS so far depends on your own points of views.