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.