Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi

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Year of Release: 2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Related to/Remake of: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Directed By: Rian Johnson

Music By: John Williams

Starring: Daisy Ridley (as Rey), Adam Driver (as Kylo Ren), John Boyega (as Finn), Oscar Isaac (as Poe Dameron), Carrie Fisher (as General Leia Organa), Mark Hamill (as Luke Skywalker), Kelly Marie Tran (as Rose Tico), Domhnall Gleeson (as General Hux), Andy Serkis (as Supreme Leader Snoke), Laura Dern (as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo), Gwendoline Christie (as Captain Phasma), and Benicio del Toro (as DJ)

Basic Plot: Taking place directly after the events of The Force Awakens, Rey has reached Luke Skywalker, now living in exile, and seeks to learn the ways of the Force.  Luke, knowing that there is the potential of the Dark Side of the Force corrupting her, refuses.  Meanwhile, the First Order and Kylo Ren are closing in on the Rebels, and General Leia Organa must look for a way to evacuate the Rebels before it’s too late.  Supreme Leader Snoke seeks out Rey in order to sway her over to the Dark Side and end the Jedi Order forever.

Rating (Out of 4): 3

Pros: Strong visuals and great action scenes.  A great sense of humor runs throughout the film.  The actors and actresses all turn in solid work.  This movie isn’t afraid to take chances and change things up within the Star Wars Universe.

Cons: There is a whole lot stuffed in to this movie, seemingly too much at times.  Certain story arcs seem completely unnecessary, and certain things wouldn’t have happened if characters simply explained one or two things to another character.  As mentioned in the “Pros” section, this movie takes chances, including showing aspects of certain longstanding characters in the series that hadn’t been shown or hinted at in previous installments.  This may upset some purists…