Review: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Fails To Make The Jump To Lightspeed - Movies In Focus
Beware! There be SPOILERS! In 2015 the dormant Star Wars franchise was reawakened by J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens (read the Movies In Focus review), a gloriously faithful movie to George Lucas’ beloved original trilogy. The film featured many of the same beats as A New Hope, but it introduced a wealth of new characters to sit alongside fan favourites like Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). The film ended with Daisy Ridley’s Rey standing on a cliff top on planet of Ach-To (bless you), arm outstretched, offering Luke Skywalker his long lost Lightsaber. The sequel was open to all possibilities – which brings us to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson’s film manages to be both brilliant and terrible at the same time, a mix of classic mythos and insipid story telling. The opening action sequence featuring Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron is stunning, a wonderfully presented piece of intergalactic battle, illustrating that Isaac’s Dameron is the heir to Han Solo’s laid back heroics. We cut back to the finale of The Force Awakens, where Luke Skywalker takes his lightsaber from Rey and quickly tosses it over his shoulder. Like [...]