This is not going to go the way you think – a line that couldn’t be more suited to the film if it tried. The Last Jedi is here, and it did not disappoint.

Where to begin?

Let’s cut to the chase. Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke’s forces are closing their grip on the galaxy. The Resistance has been decimated to but a few small ships, with the rest being scattered across the galaxy. Hope is fading. As Finn and Poe try to outrun a New Order fleet, Rey seeks out Luke’s help, in hope of taming the power within her.

We learn quite a bit about Rey…and her connection to the Force.

 

 

We won’t get spoilery because this is the kind of movie you just need to see. The storytelling is incredible. The cinematography and imagery are beautiful and the actors give some of their best performances yet. Adam Driver plays the role of a twisted, wounded Kylo Ren wonderfully. Daisy Ridley shows a conflicted Rey, torn between the dark and the light. Mark Hamill reprises his role as the legendary Luke Skywalker spectacularly.

Kylo is torn between the death of his father in the last film and the lust for power within him.

He’s an old man, much like Ben Kenobi before him. Yet something has changed. He senses the same darkness he sensed in Kylo in Rey, creating conflict in our heroes.

As always, the visual effects are fantastic, with enough sweeping landscapes and awesome space battles to keep you fully enticed. However, the opening hour of the movie is a bit weird. The pacing feels a little off here, but this may be due to the splitting of the characters. However, there is a moment – and I do mean a single moment – when you will sit on the edge of your seat and think ‘yeah, this is Star Wars’ and from then on, the only way is up.

Rose (left) is the most precious character ever. Just saying.

Rian Johnson has done the series proud, expanding on what it means to be a Jedi and the emotional turmoil that the Sith live in.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi delivers a powerful story, one laced expertly with rich storytelling, cool battle sequences and a surpsing amount of comedy. The end package is something that mirror’s the tone of The Empire Strikes Back, but being as approachable as The Force Awakens.

4.5/5