Hot Take: For this Star Wars fan, the GOAT of Star Wars films.
WARNING: Expect lots of spoilers here. This is likely to be the longest review I’ve ever written on this site. You’ve been warned.
“Let the past die. Kill it if you have to.” The words have Kylo Ren have stuck with me throughout my multiple viewings of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the 8th installment of the Star Wars saga. (That’s not counting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which dropped last year.) It was one of those “F you!” moments which are littered throughout the superbly written and directed Rian Johnson entry. I remember watching The Force Awakens for the 3rd time and thinking about how much I loved the movie but realizing how inferior it was because it was such a blatant rip-off of Star Wars: A New Hope, the introduction which launched the phenomenon in 1977. My expectations for The Last Jedi were more of the same and the trailer did nothing to squelch those expectations. If anything, it stoked those flames of nostalgia. I wouldn’t have hated it but I’m so ecstatic it played out in a completely different direction. Yes, I loved Star Wars: The Last Jedi. More than Return of the Jedi, Empire Strikes Back and A New Hope, my 1a, 1b and 1c prior to this glorious turn in a completely unexpected direction from where we thought this story was going. Plenty of people hated it. The Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes currently sits at 51% and dropping. Let’s be fair, though. This is the same audience who had to be issued a disclaimer at AMC Theaters regarding one of the most spectacular scenes later in the movie because there was no sound… Really?Read More →