Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Dir: Rian Johnson
Two years ago, #theforceawakens
reintroduced us to intergalactic humans who became legends. As if keeping with the times of 2017, #thelastjedi
tells us that those same legends are demonstrably, irrepressibly human. Director #rianjohnson
lights a fire in that galaxy far, far away and relishes, like one of its characters, in watching it all burn.
has always been about revolution. Finally, the series itself lives up to its premise. From the moment Rey and Luke connect, toss away your expectations. This Star Wars has purpose. Yes, there are still breathless battles, intense duels and thrills aplenty, but it is pound for pound the most character focused of the series. Poe Dameron has an arc! Poe! Everyone gets something to do, even if the middle drags on like an aimless side-quest. When this hits, oh my, it hits with the doorbusting force of a mini Death Star. Hamill puts in career best work, and Fisher is a gem that shall be missed. How much their heroes have changed. But Johnson keeps all the drive on our new crew, and I love how he handles Kylo. Driver absolutely nails the anger, hurt and ferocity underneath the man. Oh, to be a kid seeing these films! To have these be the heroes and villains we dress up as. Johnson did something great: he made Star Wars NEW. Impressive. Most impressive.
The elders stole the show in 2015, with Awakens. In 2017, the new heroes of Jedi have dispatched with the old ways and are done with the old heroes. Come 2018, the reckoning comes. Yes, there are the whiny, irredeemable Kylo Rend of the world; but the Reys have it. Where Kylo burns to destroy the things he hates, Rey and co will save the things they love. And no Force, however strong, will defeat that.