The eighth story in the Star Wars series catches viewers up with what’s happened with all the characters after the last movie. Rey has sought out Luke Skywalker at Leia’s urging because he is the one person who can inspire hope in the resistance as they face their toughest challenge, Snoke and the First Order.
Ben Solo (Kylo Ren) is battling his own demons and connects with Rey as they explore the strength of their connection and the force within each of them. Sometimes it’s nice to know you are not alone.
The Last Jedi harkens back to the original trilogy with characters from the past showing up and landscapes which seem familiar but two things stand out. The Last Jedi has a strong female empowerment vibe with many of the main characters in leadership positions being women, especially in the resistance. From General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) to new leadership like Vice Admiral Holdo (played by Laura Dern) to new characters like Rose Tico and Lieutenant Connix (played by Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd).
Second, the animals steal the show. From cute little bird like creatures who make Chewy rethink being a meat-eater to the frost foxes, the animals are adorable and will be big sellers on the plush market!
A little slow off the start, the movie quickly picks up the pace as we get into the characters and their choices. The story is one of hope. Love overcoming hate and family-both those you are given and the ones you make. With sweeping landscapes and on the edge of your seat battles, the storyline keeps the series fresh while giving many nods to the past and by that I mean the first three movies which launched it all. Small pieces of humor allow The Last Jedi lighter moments than The Force Awakens. At times you won’t be sure whether to laugh or cry.
Especially touching are those moments on screen with Carrie Fisher and the closing credits which acknowledge our loss. Maybe not the best of the whole series but The Last Jedi hits the right notes with fans and new viewers.
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