I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi earlier this evening. And, well, um, yeah. Maybe this tweet sums it up best...
I walked out of The Force Awakens loving it. I left Rogue One thanking the director(s). The Last Jedi? I just don’t know. #thelastjedi— Kevin Apgar (@kapgar) December 18, 2017
I was exceptionally underwhelmed. That’s the spoiler-free truth of it all.
Too much shoehorned in there seemingly for the sake of marketing. Too many failed attempts at humor. Too much fluff. Too much suspension of disbelief even for a story set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
I’ll add it to my rankings from this past January, which has also been re-adjusted a little bit, to give you some idea.
1. Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back - A++++
2. Ep. IV: A New Hope - A+
3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - A
4. Ep. VII: The Force Awakens - A-
5. Star Wars Rebels, season 2 - A-
6. Ep. II: Attack of the Clones - B
7. Ep. VI: The Return of the Jedi - B-
8. Star Wars Rebels, season 4 (so far) - B-
9. Ep. VIII: The Last Jedi - C
10. Star Wars Rebels, season 3 - C
11. Ep. III: The Revenge of the Sith - C-
12. Star Wars Rebels, season 1 - D+
13. Ep. I: The Phantom Menace - D
Yup, that’s 9th out of 13 eligible movies & shows (I still haven’t watched The Clone Wars).
If you want more detail, you can read the spoiler-ridden continuation of this post.
Let’s start with the good, shall we?
Chewbacca confronting Luke was awesome.
Any establishing shot of Ach-To was gorgeous.
Rey’s training sequences were pretty cool.
The destruction of the First Order Dreadnought by Poe rocked as was the slicing of Snoke’s ship by the Resistance cruiser piloted by Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern).
Seeing the AT-M6s in action was impressive.
Learning that Rey was not related to ANYONE was great.
The fight scene with Rey and Kilo fighting the Praetorian Guards was amazingly choreographed.
Maybe there’s more but this is the initial list.
The bad? There’s a lot. Hunker down.
Porgs were pointless save for helping to distract Chewie so Luke could sneak on the Falcon. And how dense does Chewie have to be to not see the cockpit light up??
The crystal cats served a purpose but were far too similar to Star Wars Rebels Lothcats from season four.
Is that really it for Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) or are we getting another bacta suit to start episode IX?
The “important message” sequence with Poe pulling the whole “I’ll hold” bit with Hux? Wayyyyy too long and flat and it was only missing Paul Marcarelli walking on screen saying, “Can you hear me now?”
When the Resistance ships were stuck in limbo, why didn’t the First Order do more to shut them down? They had shields, sure, but so have so many other ships the Empire has terminated in past films.
Too much face time from General Hux (Domhnall Gleason). He’s the least believable Imperial/First Order Commander ever.
I’m also tired of Kylo Ren’s childlike rants. How does Snoke see potential in that?
Speaking of Snoke, wow, another off’d baddie real quickly like Maul. This one I’m okay with, though, because Snoke sucked.
Seeing Yoda was cool. Realizing it was the puppet with Frank Oz voicing it was even cooler. But it got old really quick. Another example of a bad attempt at humor.
Considering how many movies and shows Captain/Admiral Ackbar has appeared in, you’d think he would warrant a better death than that.
As for that death by destruction of the cruiser bridge, why did they have Leia survive that? It was a ridiculous sequence even by Lucas standards and ol’ Georgie had nothing to do with it. That floating back scene lost me. I was done after that. And considering it would’ve been the perfect way to write her off? I don’t care what Director Rian Johnson says about her “fantastic” scene that this allowed him to preserve. Knowing that they still have to kill her off sucks.
That’s enough. There’s more, I’m sure, but I’m still in shock that The Last Jedi was such an overall miss.
On that note, I’m done. Let me know what you think. This is looking like a very polarizing Star Wars installment.