I just want to state that I have been a Star Wars fan for an exorbitant amount of time. Since I think six or seven. I grew up with it, I feel like this is relevant because the opinions seem really split on this movie.
Which I don't get, but anyway...
I LOVED IT!!!!
I should probably explain why. I will attempt to. I liked The Force Awakens, I thought it was really good, and I enjoyed all the new characters. I was also one of those fans who thought it had a lot of similarities to A New Hope. I didn't think that was a bad thing. I remember ragging on Kylo Ren a bit, but for the most part I enjoyed it.
I still loved the original trilogy best, but it was in my opinion better than the prequels.
I thought this one was going to be fairly predictable, I thought it would play it safe like the last one. Keeping with everyone's theories, I thought Rey was going to be a Skywalker. She was going to train with Luke and her and Fin would walk into the double sunset.
I was wrong, thank goodness, after seeing the trailer. I hoped that they would take a different route. It did, one I honestly would never have expected Star Wars to take.
They bring Rey( the hero) and Kylo Ren (the villain) together via force bond.
Which leads me to the first thing I loved about this movie.
You might be thinking, so what? Why is that such a big deal?
It's a big deal!
Hear me out. This was a good move for so many reasons. It forced them to interact, to have a simple conversation, to stop fighting. It forced them to be vulnerable... laughing at my overuse of the word force.
This is something they have never done in the other movies. It works! Even people that didn't like this movie on a whole, found the scenes between Rey and Kylo compelling.
This leads to the first thing I really loved about this movie
Rey and Kylo's relationship
I always thought they had a connection, even in the Force Awakens. Since this is Star Wars, I thought they might be siblings. After the Last Jedi, I am fairly certain that is not the way they are going.
There is definitely an attraction there ( enough romantic tension that you could cut it with a knife) along with a struggle. Kylo is fighting his pull to the light, and Rey is fighting her pull to the dark. What a beautiful mess they make. Kylo is trying to bring Rey to the dark side, and she is trying to bring back Ben Solo.
I am complete trash for this paring, they make up my entire Instagram feed.
I told my sister I was trying to tone down my love for these two for this review. I don't want to sound like a pyshco fangirl freak. To which she laughed hysterically.
You gotta love supportive siblings.
I can't leave this section without addressing my favorite moments. Most of which happened in the Snoke's Throne room.
-When the first force connection happens and Kylo Ren sock slides into the corridor looking for Rey. It was unexpected and hilarious.
- Rey calling him a monster and him agreeing, my poor emo trashbag.
- The fact that the force connection happens randomly, cue embarrassed Rey and shirtless Kylo.
-Basically every conversation they have in those moments.
- Kylo looking murderous while Snoke tortures Rey
-Kylo slicing Snoke in half and saving Rey.
- Kylo telling Rey 'that she is nothing, from nothing, but not to him.' cue me internally screaming.
- Kylo saying please, after asking Rey to rule the galaxy with him.
-Them fighting together was mesmerizing.
- When Rey learns that Luke was going to kill Ben. (also her fighting Luke after, was awesome.)
-The last scene, the look he gives her is so sad and broken.
Okay now that I got that out onto the other great things and then the few things I disliked.
They brought back muppet, Yoda, and he was brilliant. Missed him, was never a fan of the CGI Yoda.
So a lot of people are upset about the film's treatment of Luke, I'm not one of them. I thought he was both entertaining and relatable. He messed up, he isolated himself. He's human in this one. I also love that they left the moment where Rey was giving him the light saber as a huge cliffhanger. Love that he just hucks it behind him, how many fanboys cried. Luke was done in this movie, and I was here for it.
I also like the parallel of how all the Jedi master's seem to end up in the same spot. Obi-wan and Yoda both kinda let themselves go.
He does redeem himself in the end, and I think he got a fitting send off. His reunion with Leia was beautiful.
This is Carrie Fisher's last Star Wars movie, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't emotional about that. I love our Space Princess. She was brilliant in this as expected, all of her parts seemed to have a heaviness, because you know she isn't here anymore.
Her daughter was in it a lot more and it was cool to see her rocking the space buns and carrying on her mother's legacy.
Honorable mentions include Finn and Phasma's fight. Hux getting force thrown. Poe doing his usual thing and blowing things up.
Now onto the things I wasn't a huge fan of.
-Luke milking that weird cow thing, I don't know what that was but... Gross!
-The whole casino planet thing didn't really move the plot forward. I like Finn, but it seemed unnecessary.
-BB-8 driving that walker thing was just too much
-Leia using the force to pull herself back from space, doesn't fit with what we have seen of the force so far. (Glad it lengthened her time in the movie though)
-Commander Holo's plan that didn't need to be secret ( caused way too many problems)
- Finn and Rose's rushed romance thing. I think I would like Rose more without that in there.
All in all it was an awesome movie my favorite of 2017. It beat out Thor Ragnarok for me. I just really like where they are going with this. Can't wait for episode 9.