Wow. I mean, wow. I had high expectations for The Last Jedi, seeing how much I love The Force Awakens and how I greatly enjoyed Rogue One. But I was not expecting it to exceed my expectations as much as it did. Go ahead and call me hyperbolic, but I think it was probably the best all-around Star Wars film yet made.
Yes, I know that’s a bold statement. But I’m not usually one to be so quick at making such bold statements, so when I do, it’s kind of a big deal for me. Definitely a sign that whatever I’m making the bold statement about left an impression on me. And boy, did The Last Jedi leave an impression on me.
The Force Awakens was a return to form for the series, and introduced a great new cast of characters while re-introducing us to the ones we’ve loved since the originals (and wisely ignoring the prequels for the most part). As far as I’m concerned, The Force Awakens went toe-to-toe with The Empire Strikes Back, but right now, I think The Last Jedi betters both of those Star Wars greats.
I’m not going to go into details here, as to not spoil anything and to save most of my thoughts for a proper review. But I will say that the film opens with arguably the best space battle in the series. Usually, the space battle comes towards the end of a Star Wars film, but here you get it right off the bat, and it’s amazing. And the film just keeps it up from then on out. The LAst Jedi has the longest running time of any Star Wars film, but it’s consistently entertaining throughout its entirety.
Better still, The Last Jedi continues the great strides in character development started in The Force Awakens, with Rey and Kylo Ren in particular growing more as characters, and might even already be the two best-developed characters in the series.
I also can’t wait to see how fanboys will find the stupidest reasons to hate The Last Jedi due to it not being a part of their childhood nostalgia, while also trying to rewrite history and pretend that the prequels were ever any good. You know it’s going to happen. No matter how good these new Star Wars movies get (and they’ve been great so far), Star Wars nerds will find any reason to whine. Oh well, their loss.
Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about The Last Jedi. There are a couple of little gripes I have with certain character and story elements (which I can’t reveal here), but they’re inconsequential compared to how much the film does right. This was seriously one of the most entertaining moviegoing experiences I’ve ever had. I might even say it’s my favorite movie since Pixar’s Inside Out. I simply enjoyed The Last Jedi from start to finish. It’s entertaining, emotional, and captures that Star Wars magic perhaps better than any of its predecessors.
Whatever the filmmakers have in store for Episode IX, they have a hell of an act to follow.