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Throwback Friday: ‘The Last Jedi’ Is the ‘Star Wars’ Movie I’ve Been Waiting For

The Last Jedi, oh what a special film it is. To some, it is a travesty to the Star Wars franchise. To others, it is a breath of fresh air for something new. It’s kind of amazing to think that just a little over a year ago I saw this film for the first time. Now the countdown begins with Episode IX. Exciting! And that’s why, for this week’s Throwback Friday, I’m going down memory lane and looking back at only the second time I ever watched The Last Jedi. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

So I went to see The Last Jedi last week and when I came out of that movie theater I was kind of livid. At the time I thought Rian Johnson had royally messed up this wonderful story J.J Abrams had created. Nearly everything that I had theorized and predicted didn’t happen, which was saddening, but I wanted to see this movie again because maybe there was something that I had missed that the critics clearly saw.

When I walked out of that theater last night after seeing The Last Jedi for the second time I was utterly stunned. The movie was AMAZING! What had happened? Was I in the twilight zone? Was I in an alternate reality where this time around the movie was basically perfect? I couldn’t believe it. Rian Johnson had done it. He had pushed the story forward and made an incredible sequel that blew its predecessor out of the water.

The Last Jedi is not your typical Star Wars film. The Force Awakens was great because it was safely constructed. J.J Abrams took the model of A New Hope and made a nostalgic movie that everybody could get behind. There weren’t any risks taken in the movie, except for them killing off Han Solo. It was a fun film that introduced some lovable new characters and some interesting ideas but overall didn’t push into any unknown territory.

Rian Johnson didn’t do that. He took what we thought we knew about Star Wars and flipped it completely upside down which created a film that was destined to be controversial. I’ve watched Star Wars since before I could remember and so I’m used to a certain thing when it comes to this franchise. He did not make The Last Jedi by the rulebook and it was shocking. My brain had to grow and when it did this movie shined like no other.

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‘The Last Jedi’ Is Really Kylo Ren’s Movie

The other day I watched The Last Jedi (mainly because I wanted to see the Praetorian Guard part again) and as I was watching the movie I realized that while the movie, of course, focused on every character the overall heart and soul of the film was provided by Kylo Ren. Rian Johnson has said many times that Kylo Ren was the character he was most excited to tackle and you can totally tell. He provided a compelling storyline to the Star Wars villain that helped incorporate him into the trilogy in a fascinating way while most of the other characters weren’t treated with as much care and attention. And I love that!

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When J.J Abrams introduced this new villain in Kylo Ren I liked him but he ultimately felt too much like a ripoff of Darth Vader’s iconic character. He needed a little more substance and identity so that I could look at him and not immediately see this Darth Vader-wannabe. His best scenes in The Force Awakens were the scenes that involved him without his helmet because not only did we get to see him as his true self but Adam Driver is such a fantastic actor that you want to see his face and his emotions when he’s experiencing things. Rian Johnson knew this so he had Kylo Ren destroy his helmet within his first five minutes in The Last Jedi. Brilliant! That was the first step to his ultimate transformation and a sign that this movie was going to approach this character much differently.

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Secondly, we got a truly heartfelt final moment between Ben Solo and his mother, Leia Organa. That was another important scene in the film that helped spur the story along in a rather epic fashion and created some empathy for his character.

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The Blu-Ray Special Features for ‘The Last Jedi’ Are Awesome!

The Last Jedi has come and gone. There are no more secrets surrounding the film, there is no more reasoning for theorizing what’s going to happen in every scene, what’s going to transpire for every character in The Last Jedi, and how the movie will probably play out as a whole, and the mystery surrounding Luke Skywalker has finally been resolved.

Now I all I have to do is wait for the Blu-Ray to become available which will be happening sooner rather than later. A couple of days ago it was announced that The Last Jedi will be available on Digital on March 13 (yes I said it, March 13th!!!) and then on Blu-Ray two weeks later on March 27. It’s a dream come true! For the past two years the Blu-Ray has been available around mid-April but thanks to Solo: A Star Wars Story coming out in May this time the Blu-Ray will ready for purchase at the end of March. And let me tell you, the bonus features for The Last Jedi are beyond amazing. Here are all of them.

  • The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it’s like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.
  • Balance of the Force – Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.
  • Scene Breakdowns
    • Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle – Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.
    • Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie’s malevolent master villain.
    • Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie’s final confrontation, including the interplay between real-word locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.
  • Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis’ riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.
  • Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
  • Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.

Oh. MY. GOODNESS!!!!!! Do you see all of this fascinatingly interesting content we’ll be able to enjoy thanks to LucasFilm and Rian Johnson being so nice to us avid Star Wars fans. And here’s the thing. Not only is it over two hours of bonus footage but…wait for it, wait for it.

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There’s also FOURTEEN deleted scenes. That is insane! I have never seen a movie have so many deleted scenes in my life. It shows how massive Rian Johnson’s vision for The Last Jedi truly was and, due to timing, they had to condense the movie to a slightly modest two hours and thirty-two minutes compared to having The Last Jedi become a Star Wars film that would end up being close to three hours long. I am so excited to see these deleted scenes. I mean, what could they be?

I think I have an idea, thanks to reading Star Wars news, of what two of the deleted scenes will entail. One is supposedly going to show Rey participate in a third lesson from Luke on Ach-To which sounds like a deleted scene that I’m going to enjoy thoroughly. And then another deleted scene is going to include Finn and Phasma aboard The Supremacy after DJ betrays him and Rose. That’s just two out of fourteen! deleted scenes though, that’s how amazing that is.

I’ve seen some amazing movie bonus features in my time. The movies’ behind-the-scenes featurettes I’ve enjoyed the most was for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (amazing bonus features by the way) and The Force AwakensRogue One had a disappointing bonus feature package that didn’t even span an hour and didn’t include any deleted scenes. Judging from all of this content, however, The Last Jedi is probably going to join my list of favorite special features packages for a movie.

I thank you for reading and I hope this made you as excited as me because I am ecstatic. Have a gorgeous day and May the Force Be With You.

The Proof That Poe Was Regarded As a Villain in ‘The Last Jedi’

Over three weeks ago I wrote a post about who I felt was the true villain in The Last Jedi and at the end of the article I felt that, due to the movie’s events, Poe Dameron was the true antagonist of the movie and for several reasons. One of the biggest reasons why however is that Poe got hundreds of Resistance fighters killed due to his reckless actions. He wanted to be a hero several times and every time he thought he was doing something great he only made things much, much worse. Of course Kylo Ren is the main villain of the trilogy but for the majority of The Last Jedi he was treated as a partial-protagonist rather than the villain that he was in The Force Awakens. And now I have legitimate proof that Poe was regarded as one of the antagonists of the film. Look at this poster.

Anthony Daniels, Neal Scanlan, Brian Herring, Jimmy Vee, Dave Chapman, Kelly Marie Tran, and Joonas Suotamo in Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)

If you see where all of the major characters are placed where is Poe? On the villain side of the poster! When I first saw this poster I wondered why Poe was on the bad side but I figured it was simply designed this way so he’d be perfectly parallel with Finn but after watching the film I now understand the reasoning behind his placing on the poster.

I find this very interesting and it highlights how different The Last Jedi is compared to its predecessor. I mean when you’ve got Poe, one of the most heroic characters in The Force Awakens, considered as a villain in its sequel it shows how wildly different the movie’s tone was going to be. And it was.

That’s why I love Star Wars. There’s always something new to discover. I’m sure when I watch this movie again I’ll find many more hidden references and Easter eggs that I’ve missed before. I mean I still watch The Force Awakens and see new things. Well, that’s my latest discovery from The Last Jedi.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force Be With You.