Yesterday on TNT they were having a Star Wars marathon and since it was a chill Sunday for me I decided to watch it. I came into the marathon at the last twenty minutes or so of Revenge of the Sith and watched every movie after that which stretched through twelve hours of my day. It was a blast sitting on my couch letting the television feed me Star Wars movies all day but once The Force Awakens ended the party, thankfully, wasn’t over. I turned on The Last Jedi expecting it to be a viewing of mediocre enjoyment and ended up discovering just how incredible The Last Jedi truly is. So, I’m going to share with you all my experience watching The Last Jedi after participating in a Star Wars marathon. Enjoy!
Luke Skywalker, in the original trilogy, was the epitome of heroism. He blew up the first Death Star, he became a Jedi, he saved Darth Vader who in turn defeated Emperor Palpatine. In short, he was a legend and his story is made all the more mythical in The Force Awakens. He’s not a character whose story we get to follow throughout The Force Awakens. We only hear of his disappearance and his failings as one of his apprentices turned against him. It isn’t until the end of The Force Awakens that we get to see him again, in the flesh, standing on the cliffs of Ach-To looking morbid as ever.
In The Last Jedi we see him as a broken man who’s been beaten down mentally over the last thirty years. He’s not the same hero we once knew and it’s a jarring realization but in the context of the entire Skywalker saga it feels…right. I always imagined a happy ending for Luke but Rian Johnson gave us instead a realistic approach to his final chapter. Could we really expect Luke to be the exact same person that he was thirty years before? No. Han had changed, Leia had changed as well, why couldn’t Luke change, even if it wasn’t the pretty picture that we could’ve predicted?