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movie review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

If I could sum up this movie in one word, that would be polarizing. I saw this movie on the debut weekend Friday morning. Surprisingly, the theater room was half vacant for a movie that was highly anticipated. So after viewing it, I thought it was pretty enjoyable and slightly better than Force Awakens. However, the more I think about it, the more criticisms I notice.

Last weekend, I had to see it the 2nd time due to unforeseen events, but this time in Imax 3D. As someone who wears glasses, this was not a good experience. Upon watching it, it was on analysis mode. I have to say that my impressions got worse. Pretty much everything I thought was wrong with this movie has been confirmed. Now I realized that I enjoyed Force Awakens more than Last Jedi.

By the way, spoilers obviously.

Starting off with the obvious problem, the pacing. The scenes with Fin and Rose were so unnecessary that it made the movie felt like 2 hours and 30 min. As much as I like Fin’s character, I think he’s wrongly placed in side mission roles. Every scene where Fin and Rose were searching for that Code Breaker was dragging down the film. Rose setting those weird horse creatures free made no sense logically because they’re going to be captured again when they’re only a couple miles away from the city. Whatever Fin and Rose were trying to accomplish failed and even worse, created terrifying after effect. The most pointless character introduced has got to be that alternative code breaker. Rose comes follows closely since her existence adds nothing productive to the story. When Fin was about to sacrifice himself on the ice planet, that would’ve been quite emotionally impacting, but too bad it was ruined by Rose going in giving a cheesy line. Also, I see a forced chemistry between Fin and Rose. I felt nothing between the two. Some minor complaints I had were the beginning space battles where the slow clunky space bombers were deployed. What happened to the Y wings? Around the 3rd act, the sub admiral lady took way too long to think about a hyperspace ram. Plus the rebellion coup d’etat was such a waste of time. Just tell Poe what the plan is so there won’t be any trouble.

Now for the stuff I liked. All the scenes with Luke and Rey. Luke’s past with Kylo Ren. Yoda making a brief return as a force ghost. Rey teaming up with Kylo during that lightsaber battle scene. It was nice to see the elite guards take action. Luke going out on his own terms looking at the 2 suns making it the best death in the franchise. Luke confronting Kylo near the end there. The hyperspace ram was incredible. The silence after that was pure gold. Liea using the force was nice to see, although I wish the delivery wasn’t cheesy. Kylo Ren’s complexity as a villain remains interesting. Music is still a strong point.

For the next movie installment, there poses a huge issue. Carrie Fisher is dead, but Liea still lives. What are they gonna do? They could probably kill her off off-screen during the movie, or was probably killed in between the two films. But after seeing this movie, my anticipation for the next one is very low.

Rating: 5/10

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