Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi carry on the story from the last episode (Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)) taking the cue from Episode IV, V and VI. It has been written using three-layer strata.
One stratum is inside the ship under Princess Leia and Poe Dameron; the second one is Ahch-To under Luke Skywalker and Rey, and the third one is under Finn and Rose to the outer space–a new world Cantonica.
Each stratum had been interconnected with the force flowing between the characters and the stories. I’m not going to delve the story here because to keep the spoilers at bay. So, what I think of the movie.
This Episode is the longest one with a running time of above two and a half hour. Sometimes it was feeling draggish, but, it may be because of the presence of the story in strong form. The battle scenes or the fight scenes that they were there are to give a strong shape to this space adventure and to take forward the saga. And, this according to me makes this part in the series the best one as par storytelling.
Regarding the fight scenes, there were no such fight scenes. The big one was fought in the chamber of the Supreme Leader Snoke. The battle scene was there, but, as I said they were used mostly to give layers to the characters especially Poe and Kylo Ren.
Besides the story, it’s the cast that deserves a mention. The movie completely depends on its young cast. The conflict of Kyle Reno by Adam Driver was portrayed in the finest form; it might be an exaggeration that if he was there fifteen years ago, then Darth Vader story could have been a memorable one.
Next comes the lady who steals the show. Daisy Ridley as Rey has grown a lot. Every time she confronted Luke or whenever she was talking with Kyle, a good actress was coming out. Oscar Issac as Poe Daemon is a pleasure to watch as hot-headed as well giving support to Princess Leia after Han Solo departure. John Boyega as Finn rather gets overshadowed by the other three young co-stars. He was weak and was trying to find a space in the story. In some portions, his act seems to be loud and dull.
The older ones include mainly Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. This was the last time we saw of Fisher. There was a near to death scene for her in the movie which seems to be the end of her character. Now, in future, let’s see what happens with her character because it seems her character was getting ready for one last stand, a bigger gala one. Luke Skywalker, on the other hand, is the Bourne. He was there just to move the story, just to tie few scenes together. So, in the end, it’s the young bandwagons that wheeled the movie.
The new inclusion in the saga is Rose played by Kelly Marie Tran. She was a show stealer in the portions, she was in. She saves the character Finn from becoming duller and she’ll remember for stealing a peck on lips of Finn and delivering one of the memorable Star Wars dialogue–winning is to save what you love. Another inclusion is Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux. He had acted his part efficiently and had used his chances as he had in The Revenant (2015).
Andy Serkis as CGI-captured Supreme Leader Snoke again proves why is the best in this department now, in the recent time.
The cameo by Benicio del Toro as DJ seems to be an incomplete story that might get complete later. Another cameo was by Laura Dern playing the next in command to Princess Leia. Her character seems to be the litmus paper tasting the scenes when the character of Princess is not around and she scored in that cameo proving no one can match the height of Princess Leia in command. There was also a cameo by Master Yoda. He taught another Star Wars memorable lesson–The great teacher, the defeat is.
Another thing, where the Episode goes high with its force is the visual treatment. Be it the chamber of Snoke, a red-walled chamber adding depth to it the guards dressed in red or the red-orangish soil of Crait. Treatment of the latter turned stunning with the camerawork by showing most of the war-shots from the aerial view.
Overall, I’ve got a sort of mixed feeling for this movie and it is a balance between these good and bad feelings in the right proportion. And that balance I tried to portray.
Let the force be with you…always.
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