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Review: ‘It was the Star Wars movie I had been hoping for’

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Jens Christian, Reporter

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Warning: Spoilers

Star Wars has been around for more than 40 years. It’s had a dramatic impact in the world that we live in today. Star Wars is arguably considered to be one of the greatest movie series’ of all time. On December 15, 2017, the second installment of the new trilogy, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” directed by J.J Abrams, came to theaters.

My family and I have been Star Wars fans for pretty much our whole lives. My dad was born when “Star Wars” first came out, and loved it ever since. I grew up around Star Wars, and when I found out they were making a new trilogy only years ago, I was ecstatic. The first movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” surprised me and left me in suspense for the next movie.

A few days ago, my family and I went to the Cinemark Theater in Round Rock. I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t read any reviews or spoilers to really immerse myself in the film. When the end credits came across the screen, my jaw was left on the floor. It was the Star Wars movie I had been hoping for, for years.

Rated PG-13, at 2 hours and 33 minutes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was an amazing movie all around. There were pivotal moments that I believed were some of the best in the entire series. From the appearance of a beloved character, Yoda, to the Force projection of Luke Skywalker, this film was one of the best the franchise has had in a long time. There were some moments that could have been done better, such as the scene where Leia is floating in space, presumed dead, and then is hurled towards her ship, to be carried away and shown to be alive.

The most important part of the entire movie is the death of the long lived Luke Skywalker. He projects himself as a younger man to distract The First Order, so The Resistance can escape. This scene is directed so well and when we finally see Luke’s body disappear, it’s a goodbye to the past, and a hello to the future, which is a recurring theme in the movie; letting go of the past.

I would rate this movie a ⅘ stars, because although it was an amazing addition to the franchise, it did have some flaws, and left the audience with more questions than answers. This might have been the end goal for Abrams, but I guess the Star Wars fan-base will have to wait until 2019.

 

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