|Title:||Star Wars: The Last Jedi|
|12.16.17||Bullock IMAX|| I'll keep this spoiler-free since it's so new and to be honest i'm still processing what I think about the plot. I will say that I liked this... it felt like a natural progression from Episode 7 but where that one felt like its mission was to reboot an echo of the first trilogy, this one seems to play against most of the expectations set forth.|
I thought everyone's characters progress and grow in interesting ways. The visuals are stunning, the Star Wars is strong... I have to say I felt like, an unconscious intake of breath when the star wars logo pops on screen and that fanfare starts. I don't know what it is, but it still works on me. It's still a franchise that holds tremendous power. I wonder how long that will last, but for now i still felt it.
My main criticism is the heavy-handed-ness of its "messages" and mostly how they shoulder all these messages on one character's shoulders. I feel like I would've liked that character were it not for some super on the nose social comment that every line of their dialogue holds.
Most everything else was pretty cool. Some characters don't get much screen time but there's a lot going on. The movie felt like a lot happened. All the new planets were also great... typical top-tier designs of Star Wars land. The same goes for the new creatures, who feel a tiny bit inserted just for some aww moments in an otherwise busy film. The moments of humor also felt like a signifier of this new trilogy. There were definitely a few jokes in the OT, but nothing felt so authored to be funny. Poe's character is like, a legit wise-cracker. Same goes for Finn.
So yeah... good stuff. Liked it. Glad I saw it in IMAX 2D, even though someone next to me smelled like pickles the whole time.