Monday, 18 December 2017

MPOV: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

My rating: 3/5
IMDb rating: 7.9/10
Released date: 14th December 2017
Director: Rian Johnson
Casts: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fischer, John Boyega, Adam Driver
Category: A 2017 fantasy/ science fiction film

Following the destruction of Starkiller Base, Resistance fighters led by General Leia Organa evacuate their main base as a First Order fleet reaches them. Poe Dameron leads an effective but costly counterattack. The Resistance vessels jump into hyperspace to escape, but the First Order, with Supreme Leader Snoke present, gives pursuit using a tracking device. During an attack, Leia's son, Kylo Ren, destroys the Resistance support fighters, but hesitates to fire at the lead Resistance ship after sensing his mother's presence on board. TIE fighters destroy the bridge of the ship, killing many Resistance leaders, including Admiral Ackbar. Leia saves herself using the Force but is incapacitated, leaving Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo in command. Disapproving of her passive strategy, Poe, Finn, BB-8, and mechanic Rose Tico embark on a secret plan to disable the tracking device.

Having arrived on Ahch-To with Chewbacca and R2-D2 aboard the Millennium Falcon, Rey meets Luke Skywalker. Luke initially refuses to teach her, saying the Jedi should end for their failures. Unbeknownst to Luke, Rey and Kylo begin communicating with each other through telepathic visions. Prompted by R2-D2, Luke eventually agrees to teach Rey, but Luke and Kylo give Rey differing accounts of the incident that turned Kylo evil, with Luke confessing that he contemplated killing Kylo upon discovering his corruption by Snoke. Unable to convince Luke to join the Resistance, Rey leaves Ahch-To without him to confront Kylo. While preparing to burn down the Ahch-To Jedi temple and its library, Luke encounters Yoda's Force ghost, who destroys the sanctuary instead and tells Luke that failure is the greatest teacher.

Holdo plans to discreetly evacuate the remaining Resistance members using small transports. Believing she intends to desert the Resistance, Poe instigates a mutiny. Finn, Rose, and BB-8 recruit the pirate and computer hacker DJ at a casino on Canto Bight to help them disable the tracking device. They infiltrate Snoke's ship, but are captured by Captain Phasma, though BB-8 manages to escape. Meanwhile, Rey lands on Snoke's ship and is seized by Kylo, who takes her to Snoke. During a confrontation with Snoke, Rey tries to turn Kylo to the side of the Resistance. Snoke reveals that he controlled the mental connection between her and Kylo as part of a plan to destroy Luke. Ordered to kill Rey, Kylo instead kills Snoke and works together with Rey to kill Snoke's guards. Kylo invites Rey to rule the galaxy with him, but Rey refuses. Using the Force, they struggle for possession of Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber until it splits in two.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

As much as I disliked Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, I did enjoy the movie especially the comedic plots with BB-8 and those nitty gritty battles between the First Order and the Resistance. Though slow in the middle, overall it was an entertaining movie but lacked the oomph at some points and the actions made up for it. Not as many aliens this time around too.

Apparently the next sequel, which happens to be the last of of this trilogy, would be released in December 2019. I sure hope that's the last as it felt as though the storyline has thinned and not as enthralling.
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