As what’s be­come tra­di­tion with films we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to, Kelly and I with some friends and my cousin went to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi on open­ing night. Here are some thoughts on the movie, care­ful for spoil­ers.

Spoilers Ahead!

If you haven’t watched the movie, this is a good time to turn back. You’ve been warned.

  • I can’t re­mem­ber the last time that I was so gen­uinely sur­prised by a film, much less this many times. The Last Jedi is filled with—what were to me—jaw-drop­ping mo­ments.
  • I’m re­ally pleased with the char­ac­ter arches for most of the char­ac­ters. I’d say that Finn’s arch was­n’t all that en­ter­tain­ing and Phasma still did­n’t get enough in this movie. And it does­n’t look like Phasma will be back.
  • All the mys­tery around Rey’s par­ents had me think­ing it was go­ing to be a huge re­veal. But it was­n’t. And the greater point that they were try­ing to make with that is a smart one. As Charlie Schneider of Emergency Awesome put it in his video, the state­ment made is that any­one can be spe­cial, any­one can be force sen­si­tive. You don’t have to be a Skywalker. This feels like a smart di­rec­tion to take Star Wars in.
  • I’m un­happy with what was done with Supreme Leader Snoke. I still don’t know who he is, how he was in the po­si­tion that he was in, how he learned to yield the Force, etc. The char­ac­ter feels use­less on its own, and only serves as ves­sel for Kylo Ren’s arch.
  • I thought Kylo Ren was go­ing to turn back to the light af­ter killing Snoke. His as­cen­sion to be­ing the true vil­lain—not only some­one who’s strings are be­ing pulled—felt right. Adam Driver again does an amaz­ing job with this char­ac­ter.
  • Kylo Ren not killing his mother gives room for re­demp­tion. I don’t blame him for Han’s death, I blame Harrison Ford for want­ing out.
  • As I write this, I’m lis­ten­ing to John Williams’ ex­cel­lent score for this film. His mas­ter­ful blend­ing of themes he wrote decades ago with new ones is awe-in­spir­ing.
  • I love Luke ex­pos­ing the Jedi for their mis­takes. For years, I’ve felt that the Jedi George Lucas cre­ated were deeply flawed as a group, yet it was never ac­knowl­edged. Luke talk­ing about Jedi not own­ing the force or the fact that their hubris al­lowed for Sidious to take over, will take the Jedi in a new ex­cit­ing di­rec­tion in fu­ture movies.
  • I nearly lost it when Yoda showed up.

There’s much more to say, but I promised to keep this brief 😜. We’ll be talk­ing about The Last Jedi on Retake this up­com­ing week. Subscribe so you don’t miss it!

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