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The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi – Star Wars Episode VII – starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley

Synopsis of The Last Jedi

There has been a lot of negative impressions about The Last Jedi — are they justified?

Review of The Last Jedi

In short: The Last Jedi isn’t so bad it kills the Star Wars franchise. That doesn’t mean it’s a good movie, either. You can read the details of the movie in other places if you wish. Here are the things (for me) that brought the film down. Spoiler-free, for those who haven’t seen it yet. In no particular order:

  • Mary Poppins in outer space. Just downright silly. The people in the theater laughed at what was supposed to be a serious moment.
  • Milking a space cow. This serves no purpose other than to devalue a beloved character.
  • The extended side mission that … accomplishes absolutely nothing. Except to waste the audience’s time and interest.
  • Rose (a new character that I actually liked) being happy at releasing a herd of cattle. But leaving human children enslaved.
  • At the end of the movie, Rose does something frankly stupid. (Spoiler-free, remember?) She prevents someone from making a heroic sacrifice that would have rescued the entire rebellion. Why? Because “we don’t defeat them with hate”. Really? Why is the rebellion using all of those weapons, then? It’s simply silly.
  • The commander of the rebels doesn’t explain why to her subordinates. Any of them. And expects them all to follow blindly.
  • Why hasn’t anyone ever used hyperdrive as a weapon before? Why didn’t they simply take out the Death Star(s) with a single ship?
  • The Mary Sue continues. She teams us with her evil opposite, and together they take out the Crimson Guard — receiving only 1 scratch. Despite never having had a single moment of combat training. SJWs may rejoice, but the rest of us shake our heads and laugh.

And the list goes on, and on. Main characters acting totally out of character. Ignoring the events of the previous movie.

In short, it’s an “eh” movie. It doesn’t kill the franchise, but it doesn’t do it any favors, either. The average review at Amazon is 3.5 stars – frankly, I wouldn’t give it more than 3.