Heading into its third weekend since its release, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been a disappointment to most. While it was, inevitably, the biggest film of 2017 as it was supposed to tie in all the loose ends from The Force Awakens, it didn’t do the film–and almost all of Luke Skywalker’s life–much justice.
The Last Jedi begins pretty much where The Force Awakens left off, with Rey finding Luke Skywalker in his lonely retreat from the world in an Island, hoping to find meaning to her force and her past; but while Rey is excited and eager to finally get some answers and maybe score some training from the master himself, Luke isn’t having it and tries to convince her to go back home as he is to be the last Jedi. When he dies then so will the Jedi doctrine.
In most films, the superhero and supervillain are just that–enemies. However, in this film, the connection between our heroine Rey and our villain Kylo Ren is something we hadn’t seen as clearly and evidently before in any of the Star Wars films. As Rey finally manages to convince Luke Skywalker to teach her the Jedi ways, she learns about the ugly truth between Luke his nephew Kylo Ren–who has at this point mentally connected himself to Rey. She learns that Ben Solo (Kylo Ren’s birth name) was training with Luke Skywalker as a younger child in Luke’s Jedi academy when Luke sensed a dark force in him, similar to the one that turned Anakin Skywalker (Kylo’s Grandpa) into the loved and hated Darth Vader some years back.
When Luke became more aware of Ben’s struggle to find his place on the light side rather than the dark one, he is convinced that Ben would make the wrong choice, be overwhelmed by the dark side, and join them; so he decides to kill him in his sleep. Of course, Ben would wake up just as Luke is standing there with his lightsaber on, grab his own lightsaber, and take a hit at Luke by destroying the roof over them, giving him enough time to run away.
As the Rebellion struggles on its battle against the dark side, other characters take the lead. Poe Dameron takes control of the rebellion ship as Princess Leia is injured and unconscious, Finn and newly-introduced Rose embark on their own adventure in which Finn reunites with Captain Phasma.
This Star Wars film gives everyone their spotlight moment, which is different than the other films in the past. Our favorites make a comeback, R2D2, Chewbacca, C-3PO, BB-8, and a surprise appearance from Yoda is also included.
By the end of the film, Luke makes an appearance at the Rebellion hiding place where he reunites with Leia and faces Kylo Ren one last time. Rey has begun to learn the powers of the force she possesses and gives the audience a breath of hope that Luke was wrong and he will not be the last Jedi.
This film touches in all of the Star Wars fans’ soft spots as it brings all the old storylines back, along with the new ones and leaves us wanting more, as usual. A new film on the life of Han Solo is in the works and expected to be premiered by late 2018/early 2019– which means that we will continue to have Star Wars in our life a little longer.