Luke Skywalker Finally Kicks Ass In ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Where can we adopt a Porg?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG)

Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver  

Directed by Rian Johnson

Breathe easy, this is a spoiler-free review: I won’t say who lived or died, or for that matter, who the last Jedi is. But this I’ll reveal: the sight of jaded Jedi master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) wielding a lightsabre again will bring tears of joy… and sadness. Picking up almost immediately after the events in The Force Awakens, Rian Johnson’s richly enjoyable follow-up sees scavenger-turned-(potential) savior Rey (Daisy Ridley) trying to convince Luke to come out of retirement to take down his wayward disciple and Dark Side poster-child Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), while her pals, Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and what’s left of the Resistance fleet (the late Carrie Fisher is onboard, in her final appearance as General Leia) are being pursued by the First Order. From start to finish, The Last Jedi is one helluva ride, filled with thrilling dogfights (there’s a throwback to Return of the Jedi’s Millennium Falcon-led Death Star attack), stunning visuals (the crimson Praetorian guards not only look cool, they fight cool as well), and new characters (Kelly Marie Tran as a plucky mechanic and Benicio del Toro as a shifty, stuttering hacker named DJ). The mid-quel does have its dark moments but there’s also unexpected levity to keep it from becoming a total downer. (They could’ve gone easy on the Puffin bird-like Porgs, but they are too cute to resist.) Maybe it’s a Jedi mind trick, but at 150 minutes, The Last Jedi doesn’t feel long at all. Start counting down to the next chapter. (****)

Chrome dome: Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) returns to settle an old score.


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