Published On: Tue, Dec 12th, 2017

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is a 5 star film full of bold moves

That’s right…. 5 out of 5 stars!!!

Much like the Force itself, the latest edition of the Star Wars franchise, The Last Jedi, balances both the dark side and the light masterfully.  In this episode, fans are exposed to previously unexplored angles of favorite older characters and their personalities while transitioning into the next generation of leading roles in the saga.  I did not even realize the great number of twists and turns in the story until I was challenged with organizing my thoughts afterwards!

So, let’s look at this review as an opportunity to give you a few tips to help you enjoy this film as much as possible.  

#1:  Avoid any and all spoilers as if your life depended on it.  Thinking back on it, I am very surprised at how well the movie-going public was able to keep Han Solo’s unexpected murder relatively quiet, so I’m hoping spoilers of Jedi do not reveal any of the surprises….and there are a few of them.

#2:  Be prepared to pay attention.  The story starts off with one main focus, but then the thread unravels and goes off in several different directions to ultimately come together again in the end.  If you’re tired, you’ll have a tough time keeping track as the film jumps around from one sub-plot to the next.  Along those same lines, don’t take a newbie to the theater with you.  If you have to explain who’s on first and what’s on second, you’re going to miss parts of it and you won’t be very happy with your companion afterwards.  Bring only those who have previously gone through “Jedi training” so you all can become one with the Force.

#3:  Avoid large beverages.  The film is 2 hours and 32 minutes long.  Since the story jumps around so much (not in a confusing way, just filling you in on multiple things that are happening simultaneously), you never know when is a good moment to run to the restroom.  There really isn’t any good moment for a quick break, so best to try to avoid this dilemma if possible.

#4:  Leave all distractions at the door and let yourself escape for a short time.  All fans will go into it with a number of theories of what they’re about to see.  Embrace them all and then enjoy where the story goes.  Rather, it almost goes one direction, and then it jerks you back and takes you a couple of different directions before finally getting you to the ultimate destination.  Imagine you’re riding a roller coaster with a bungee cord.

And lastly, #5:  Have the earlier episodes ready to watch at home.  When you leave the theater, you’re going to be so pumped that you’re going to want to go back and watch earlier chapters again to look for clues at some of the surprises in this one.  

A few hours after having the pleasure of enjoying this film, I was struck by how well Lucasfilms did almost everything.  On top of the exceptional visual effects they are known for, they made bold moves with sound choosing when not to use it at all.  But best of all, they left me both satisfied with this episode and also anticipating the next one as new theories started forming in my mind.  That’s a definite win in my book.

Author: Debbie Sage

Full review by Global Dispatch’s Brandon Jones – CLICK HERE

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