Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017) – Encore Review 3


“Heeded my words not, did you? Pass on what you have learned. Strength. Mastery. But weakness, folly, failure also. Yes, failure most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is. Luke, we are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters.” – Yoda

Number of Times Seen – 4 (13 Dec 2017, 14 Mar 2018, 21 May 2019 and 18 Dec 2019)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – After the Revels manage to destroy Star Killer Base, the First Order hunts down their remaining forces in an attempt to obliterate them.

My Take on it – As a fan of everything Star Wars, I highly anticipated this film along with millions of other fans.

Even after two years, I’m not sure how to succinctly express my views on the film because it is so different from anything done in the past.

This is the Star Wars film that I’ve seen the fewest times of any of the 10 films in the series and that has largely to do with the way it veers from the look and feel of the other films.

I must admit tho that on subsequent views, I have slowly begun to enjoy this movie more and more and it now has reached a point where I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The film is quite different from the other movies because it chooses to split up all of the main characters for most of the film and each have their own plot lines running throughout that intersect with one another yet are still quite autonomous.

This actually helps establish and define each of these characters in ways we couldn’t have imagined and is a clever way to develop the characters along the way.

The film utilizes its special effects really well and it proved that this series hasn’t lost its touch in the way that it enhances the story view effects that help establish that this is seemingly a real world.

The new characters introduced in this film are great and allow for the story to feel even more powerful and poignant as things unfold.

This film takes some very risky choices in the direction that some of the sub plots move, yet overall, they seem to work quite well.

We will obviously only truly know what is going on in the overall story once we get to see the final installment of this trilogy (I’m off to see it in 2 hours time) and then hopefully all will be revealed as to the why everything happened as it did.

At that point, we will be able to appropriately judge the trilogy and it’s story arc and see where this film stands when it comes to the entire Star Wars canon.

Bottom Line – Another great addition to this series that gets better on each subsequent viewing. The way that the story is split up between various plot lines work to help establish the specific missions of each of these characters while at the same time developing and defining these new characters along the way. The special effects are done really well in showing that this series hasn’t lost its touch and it helps enhance the story even more. The new characters are great as they help to make this story even more memorable and poignant. The story takes some very risky decisions in the choices for the direction of some of the sub plots, yet in the end they seem to work. We will obviously only truly understand everything in this film once the final film in the trilogy is shown (I’ll be seeing it in less than two hours) and only then will one be able to appropriately judge where this story and its arc truly belong within the Star Wars canon.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After the breakthrough CGI that was displayed in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) for recreating long gone actors, the filmmakers of this film saw fit to issue statements ahead of release, shutting down any speculations (or worries) on the possibility of such a technology being used for the late Carrie Fisher. In short, all her scenes (barring the stunts) are categorically hers, including the dialogue. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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