Star Wars: The Last Jedi review

Jon Alfano, Sports Reporter

Star Wars: The Last Jedi challenges everything fans have come to expect from the series’ storied past, and does so in a truly special way. Luke Skywalker says to Rey, “This is not going to go the way you think,” and that couldn’t be more symbolic for the film as a whole.

Following 2015’s The Force Awakens, which mainly paralleled the events of prior Star Wars movies, The Last Jedi gives the series the curveball it desperately needed. Conventional roles are abandoned and plot twists are aplenty, which makes for a truly entertaining movie all the way through.

Even Luke Skywalker, one of the most iconic characters in movie history, is subject to this philosophy. Rather than being the embodiment of light and purity previously seen in characters like Master Yoda, Mark Hamill portrays a damaged old master who is constantly haunted by failures of the past, both of himself and of the Jedi as a whole. This makes for a refreshing change of pace for even the most hardcore fans of the franchise. Of course, there are more examples than just this, but the truly jaw-dropping plot twists should not be spoiled for anyone.

The acting remains high across the board. Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) display great chemistry in their screen time together, and Princess Leia, portrayed by the late Carrie Fisher, is still as great of a character as ever, even if a couple of her scenes border on ridiculous.

Unfortunately, the film isn’t perfect, as some of the subplots slow things down quite a bit. The biggest offender is the arc involving Finn and the new character, Rose. It feels like this story could have been left out of the movie entirely, and the impact on the plot would have been negligible. But that really is an exception, and the rest of the story is engaging through and through.

Overall, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is an incredibly entertaining film, and undoubtedly one of the films to see this holiday season. This is a movie that anyone, Star Wars fan or not, should treat themselves to, and it should be remembered as a classic in the future.