After “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premiered two years ago on Dec. 18, 2015, later followed by “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the hype has been unreal in regard to the latest installation into the “Star Wars” universe, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” directed by Rian Johnson.
The film closely follows the end of “The Force Awakens” with Rey (Daisy Ridley) seeking Jedi training from the Jedi legend himself, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
The story switches between Rey and Luke on planet Ahch-To and the Resistance, led by Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) in its constant battle against the First Order, led by Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis).
With another movie added into the “Star Wars” saga, it can be guaranteed there will be new character additions, and “The Last Jedi” is no exception.
With recurring appearances from characters such as Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), and many more, the film added not only many new creatures to the universe, but a new main character as well.
Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) appears throughout the film by Finn’s side as they search for a codebreaker in order to disconnect a device that allows the First Order to track the Resistance.
Kelly Marie Tran is a new breakout actress, with “The Last Jedi” being her second film. She is also the first Asian-American woman to star in a “Star Wars” film and she does a fantastic job at doing so from when she’s introduced in the film to the closing scene. Not only does she bring comedy to the table, but a serious and genuinely sad backstory crafted within the beginning that some might miss until the middle of the film.
Comedic moments were scattered throughout the film, taking a kin to some of the episodes from the “second chapter” of the “Star Wars” saga. While it was a risk to even open the film with a running joke between X-Wing fighter pilot and Resistance member, Poe Dameron and General Hux of the First Order.
Comedy was not the only piece connecting “The Last Jedi” back to some of the previous films, but when Luke explains the Force to Rey, it is not the typical “midi-chlorian” theory which George Lucas introduced in the prequels when Anakin Skywalker was a child, solving a “disliked” force explanation for many fans.
Filled with Easter eggs and celebrity cameos such as Edgar Wright, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Justin Theroux, and more, “The Last Jedi” appeals to audiences of both young and old age.
All in all, “The Last Jedi” is a fantastic addition to the “Star Wars” saga, connecting back to the previous films while keeping its own and making new strides with its refreshed plot and story line.
“Star Wars” fans can now look toward the near future when “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is expected to release on May 25, 2018.
Here is the trailer to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”: