t’s that time of year again when we return the Galaxy far, far away where the Jedi and the Sith are enduring their long-lasting feud and the war between the Rebellion and the First Order rages across the cosmos. It is fair to say that the evil shadow of the Sith still dominates the Star Wars franchise and is there an evil that is far darker and stronger than the late-Emperor Palpatine? Who knows?! But I am sure we're going to find out in the next series of Episodes.
Now this is very important, this blog will contain SPOILERS and I could be compared to a steaming pile of bantha fodder if I didn’t warn you. However, if you continue on knowing perfectly well that this will contain spoilers then “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine…”
So it's Thursday 14th December 2017 00:00 and I’m sat in the auditorium watching the infamous yellow text to spiral into the distance in the deep vastness of space with my Star Wars themed beaker filled to the brim with blue milk. This is the first Star Wars film to take place STRAIGHT after its previous instalment. After Force Awakens my expectations were immensely low. I rather enjoyed Episode VII but found it to be a rehash of Episode IV, A New Hope. Due to Episode VII’s storyline, I was expecting The Last Jedi to be a rehash of Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back. I was wrong, so wrong!
Leading up to the film’s release I was having a few thoughts on what could happen throughout the film. One of the feelings, or should one say inklings, which has grown since seeing Episode VIII is the fact that Kylo Ren and Rey are in fact siblings. If they are it’ll tie in with the Star Wars theme or “poetry” that George Lucas once described what was once his Saga of space opera adventures, although, this thought has yet to be revealed.
One the many rumours of a Jedi Master making an appearance was true-ish. Over the last year the fandom has been rife with the rumour that Anakin Skywalker would be making an appearance. I personally was a bit put off with the idea of having a ghost Anakin looking younger than his son would’ve been; weird. All the same, I was immensely pleased to see that our favoured 3ft green Jedi Master had a small scene with Luke. Seeing Jedi Master Yoda make a return brought warm and fond memories, even having Frank Oz to return as the voice of Yoda was a great addition to the film.
The Last Jedi felt more like a Star Wars, unlike its predecessor, I thoroughly enjoyed this instalment in the Saga. I also liked the fact that in some scenes the creatures of the Star Wars universe were animatronics, none of those God-awful CGI creatures that we’ve had to endure over the years.
There was one scene earlier on in the film that made my heart jump up into my throat. That is when General Leia Organa was sucked into the deep vastness of space. I gasped rather loudly, I can’t imagine a Star Wars film where our favourite Space Princess snuffs it. However due to Carrie Fisher’s untimely death last year. I did like the little touch at the end credits where the film was dedicated to the late actor. The force will be with her, always.
The Casino planet of Canto Bight made me eager to see Lando Calrissian, being as he does like a good card game. Even if it was a small cameo of him rolling a dice whilst sat at a futuristic blackjack table with two beautiful aliens on either arm. Alas, that didn’t happen, unless I missed it. I do feel that The Last Jedi does deserve a second viewing, like Rogue One. I loved Rogue One!
I found the ending of The Last Jedi to be a bittersweet ending. Luke finally confronts his failed apprentice after years of living in isolation on Ahch-to through projecting himself across the universe with the Force. I was expecting Luke to drag his crashed X-Wing out of the planet’s ocean and fly on over to face Kylo Ren and the First Order. It was a bad-ass scaredy cat showdown.
The way the scene was set up though, lead the audience to believe that Luke Skywalker was actually there in the flesh, not to mention the moments where the red herrings were going stark crazy with the possibility of Luke being killed by the immense firepower from the First Order and then the blade from Kylo Ren’s lightsabre. It wasn’t until it was revealed that Luke was still on Ahch-to did I think “you jammy sod!” But then when he breaks the connection he simply dies. It may be, after using that much energy from the force and accepting it back in his life, he no longer served a purpose of living in the physical world but is now one with the force and will teach Rey the ways like Obi-Wan did as a ghost between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back.
The tension between Finn and Rose did have me thinking of Leia and Han in The Empire Strikes Back and how their journey throughout Episode VII was more of them realising that they both like each other. I personally think Rose’s love for Fin,n even though she barely knows him, is more of an infatuation with the fact he’s classed as a “hero” for leaving the First Order. I also have the sinking feeling that deep within Finn’s body is a tracker, due to the point that he’s an ex-Stormtrooper and that the First Order have the capability of tracking the Rebellion/remaining members of the Resistance during light-speed.
I am hoping to see more of the ghost Jedi’s over the next series of films when Rey progresses on her journey to discover who she is and what her purpose is in the galaxy. I also have the feeling that Kylo Ren is going to do an Anakin and turn good at the very last minute. There were a few tell-tale signs throughout the film. I’d also like to mention Supreme Leader Snoke’s brief appearance. I thought his death was way too early in series, I was expecting him to be killed off in Episode IX or even XII (if there is going to be an Episode XII.)
Andy Serkis was on top form as the evil leader who is gifted in the force and I did feel cheated with the character by the fact that we weren’t given any background. The Last Jedi has still left us with a lot of unanswered questions, like who were Rey’s parents? Why did they leave her on Jakku? How can Snoke not be a Sith but be gifted with the Force and is so evil? I really enjoyed The Last Jedi but it’s left me asking even more questions than before, the annoying fact is we’ve got to wait until 2019 for the next instalment to find out what in the name of sanity is going?!
However, I am very pleased with the fact that the Resistance has now gone back to being the Rebellion and even though I can see Kylo Ren returning to the light, his path to the Darkside is now complete. He’s killed his old Master and now he’s hungry for power and with him now being the new self-elected Supreme Leader of the Galaxy it certainly seems that the darkness has, in fact, conquered him, for now that is…