Star Wars, a franchise that has been through some of the worst prequels of any science fiction series, until the release of The Force Awakens in 2015, which not only set the box office on fire, but was a legitimately good movie. Rogue One was a disappointment because it seem to exist only because of Box office hunger and nothing else, it was pretty looking, but there wasn’t anything in the plot or character work that could’ve begged for a whole movie for an incident that didn’t need to be explained too much. And now, the sequel to The force awakens, The Last Jedi has been released and it is good, but has nothing too exceptional to offer besides some thrilling world building.
The movie begins as Rey is beginning her training from Luke Skywalker, who himself has secrets of his own and the resistance tries to fight off the first order. Not much can be divulged about the story, since there are twists and turns, that can’t be revealed because it would make the movie less fun as it is.
Director Rian Johnson has great visual flair, and some of the best moments are those that take place in the imaginatively vast constructs, as in a person spinning in space, the explosion of red, and porgs. The new addition of characters are more or less played by great character actors who were told to go through the same tics over and over, so we get Laura Dern, as a stern warrior leader, but even she gets her moment near the end, and it is so visually jaw dropping that the audience is likely to remain stunned for a moment after watching it.
But still, even if the movie takes some chances visually, it still remains a narrative muddle, and the plot points, except some, aren’t novel or great. The movie is good, but there is nothing exceptional about it.