Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Spoiler Free Review)

I normally decide against reviewing movies that I've watched in theatres, but this time I'm making an exception. The following review will be essentially spoiler free, however please be advised that small portions of the plot may be mentioned in order to explain a point. If you don't wish to know anything at all (even the tiniest bit) I would recommend returning after you've seen the movie. Otherwise, you should be good.

What It's About:

The latest installment in the Star Wars franchise. This is Episode VIII. I recommend just watching all of the other ones if you don't know what the series is about by now.

Why You'll Love It:

  • If you love the humour that was always injected in the franchise by Han Solo and C3PO, this installment has even more of that than any of the other movies. It doesn't have quite as much as a Marvel movie, but the humour is more along those lines (though a little drier).
  • It's beautiful. The scenery and space scenes are all lovely, and so well done. Seeing it in theatres really gives you a great experience. If you're unsure whether or not to watch it now or wait until it comes on DVD...well, I would say that the ticket price is worth it for the visuals and surround sound.
  • This is Carrie Fisher's last role before her passing, so it's lovely to see her here. She has a fantastic scene that is a must-see moment.
  • The new creatures and races are so, so wonderful. They are wonderfully imaginative and yet also feel right at home in this universe. 
  • Bonds form and people and places are destroyed that you never would have seen coming.
  • Some super epic fight scenes. And I mean that. I don't just mean that scene that is supposed to be epic but feels lackluster. I mean actually epic.
  • Porgs.

Why You Might Want To Skip It:

  • The feeling is definitely different than previous installments in the franchise. That isn't to say that's a bad thing, however if you are a die-hard fan of the original trilogy, they are trying to open things up a little bit and this might bother you.
  • Personally, some of the humour didn't feel like it belonged. Other ways to do the same thing (without the comedic twist) might have felt a bit more appropriate to the situation.
  • I got to the point of thinking that if I heard one more mention of the word "hope" that I was going to punch something.
  • A few too many characters/storylines were added. This just felt like it was to make the movie feel more like the Star Wars franchise we know and love. These characters didn't get the proper attention or screen time that they deserved, and therefore didn't really add anything or need to be there. This then didn't allow someone to flourish in the way I hoped they would, especially considering the length of the film.
  • There were some things that felt a little careless, or not explained. For example, if someone is supposed to be in one location and then randomly appears in another, it would make sense to have at least a second or a sentence to give the viewer some explanation as to how that occurred (otherwise they appear as errors)
  •  Porgs. You'll love them or hate them.

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