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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Another Triumph For the Series

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Patrick Connolly | Staff Writer

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has been hailed as one of the best movies in the Star Wars franchise. There is always a lot of pressure on the crew and cast of a Star Wars movie to put out their best performance, since people tend to judge the franchise very critically.  “The Last Jedi”, like the other Star Wars movies, is set around a basic issue of good versus bad, or, The Resistance versus The First Order.

However, the fight isn’t so much about winning in this movie as it is surviving. The whole plot revolves around escaping from The First Order. In this way “The Last Jedi” relates to the 2017 drama “Dunkirk” that is set in 1940 France when the British and French forces are trying  anything to escape the relentless Germans. Survival means The Resistance can fight another day, and the rebellion will rise once again.  

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The First Order leader, Supreme Leader Snoke, is shrouded in mystery. It’s unclear who he is and where he came from. His character differs a lot from past Star Wars villains such as Darth Vader, who got a lot more screen time to explain who exactly he is. Commander of The First Order, Kylo Ren, is a hot-headed Jedi who turned to the dark side, but is still conflicted inside. It seems he is becoming less of a villain after sparing the life of his mother in “The Last Jedi,” even though he killed his father in “The Force Awakens.”

The movie’s cast is split up for most of the movie. Poe Dameron and BB-8 were separated, which was upsetting after seeing their close friendship in the previous movie. Movies and TV shows that split up the cast are always more interesting, however, because you get multiple storylines wrapped up into one package.

“The Last Jedi” picks up right where the previous movie ended, with Rey finding Luke on a small rocky island on the planet Ahch-To. Luke lives a very rural lifestyle on Ahch-To

Director Rian Johnson
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with the indigenous people. Rian Johnson, the director, gives us more of a look into the alien life throughout the galaxy that George Lucas started back in the 70s. Rey finds Luke as a broken man who has lost hope in The Resistance, and the Jedi. You cannot blame him, because after defeating The Galactic Empire in the original trilogy, it just opened a gap to let another tyrannical group come in (The First Order).

 

Perhaps what “The Last Jedi” did best was their use of CGI (computer generated imagery). Amazing visual effects make you forget that you are in a movie theater, and instead feel like you are watching this happen in real life. This gives new films a massive advantage over old ones, because they looks realistic. “The Last Jedi” also had very talented actors who made the Star Wars universe feel like a real place.

Another thing done right was the short return of the Jedi master Yoda. Yoda gives some more  of his classic advice, and proved to Luke that he is wrong about the Jedi.

The most interesting character in “The Last Jedi,” in my opinion, was Kylo Ren. He constantly switched between bad and good. He wants to rule over the galaxy and treat the people like dirt, but he spared his mom’s life. His role model is his grandfather Anakin Skywalker, but he was revealed to be not as evil as was thought either. It is unclear what role his character will play in Episode IX, and it is that mystery that makes his character so interesting.

Mark Hamill (Character: Luke Skywalker) Credit : Wikimedia Commons

The different worlds of this movie were visually stunning. The best of them was the mineral world of Crait. Under a layer of white salt is this red powder, which is kicked up in a trail left by old speeders. The creativity in the Star Wars franchise is one thing they do best. The person who thought up this idea should have been praised for what this scene brought to the movie. Just a few other places to name are the rocky island on Ahch-To and the beach casino on Canto Bight.

One of the most fascinating things in “The Last Jedi” was the role that native animals from these planets played. The fathiers of Canto Bight are still compassionate after the rough treatment they receive from their masters, and even help Rose and Finn in their grand escape. On Crait, an animal dubbed the ice fox helps the remaining Resistance fighters find a way to escape The First Order through the caves of the old Rebel Alliance base. Another animal that is worth mentioning is the porg. It is not useful at all to the rebels, but is very mischievous.

“The Last Jedi” is now one of the highest grossing movies ever, with over $1.27 billion made. Some people, it seems, feel like they have a responsibility to go see the new Star Wars movie that comes out, because it is such a big deal. It comes up in almost every conversation, so you had better see it before it gets spoiled.

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About the Writer
Patrick Connolly, Staff writer

Patrick Connolly is a 15 year old Sophomore and a first year writer. He plays track and field for Livermore and hopes to  play all four years of high...

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