“This is not going to go the way you think”. Crabbily spat at his new apprentice, Mark Hamill’s line is a pithy summation of The Last Jedi, arguably the most original and surprising entry in the series to date. Rian Johnson’s film is the real deal, a bold, risky venture unafraid to tell its own story, freed from the weight of nostalgia and formula.
For the first time since The Empire Strikes Back we have a Star Wars film that truly feels like it is about something. Themes of legacy and forging one’s own path run deeply through Johnson’s film, and in the context of widespread inter-generational conflict, The Last Jedi is perhaps the most political space opera yet.
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