Alright, I’m just going to come right out and say it: I did not like Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
I wanted to like it. More than that, I wanted to love it. I got tickets to see it opening night, stayed up way past my bedtime for what was supposed to be the bedtime story of the year and was very much let down. It wasn’t the worst movie or the worst sequel, but – in my humble opinion – it didn’t live up to all of the hype.
*SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT*
Last night I went over in my head why I was so disappointed in this movie and I came up with the following seven reasons:
The first 30 minutes were boring and monotonous.
The beginning was not exciting or entertaining. I wasn’t drawn in or excited about the story at all.
Too many new characters to care about.
This movie brought in too many new characters we are supposed to care about. In the original movies, you had supporting characters, but they only received screen time when it was relevant or helpful to the overall story. The opening scene of this movie, a young girl sacrifices herself to blow up this ship or weapon – which would have been okay, but then we meet her sister who becomes this underdog hero and apparently we are supposed to care about her. Then there is Poe, who I liked in The Force Awakens, but seemed to be off his game in this movie. And Finn who played a major role in The Force Awakens, but seemed to be chasing his tail in this movie. What was their purpose?
Leia using The Force not to die.
Leia is standing right next to a window on the ship when it is blasted and everything flows into space. Admiral Ackbar loses his life, the glass alone would have at least cut her up, but then we see her floating in space. What a peaceful death, right? Wrong. All of a sudden her finger twitches and her eyes pop open and she USES THE FORCE to make it back to her ship after she already should have been long dead. This was so cheesy and not at all believable. The worst scene in the entire movie – I had to hold back from laughing. Besides Leia being a Skywalker and being told the Force is strong with her family, it has never been said that she knew how to use the Force or trained to be a jedi. Yet here she is saving herself from death using it, perfectly. I don’t buy it.
The cheap laughs.
Since when is Star Wars a cheesy comedy? Jar Jar Binks was supposed to bring comic relief to the prequels and majority of fans hate him, so why bring in these stupid creatures just for laughs? Sure, there was comedy in the originals, but it was because of brilliant character development and story telling, not because the movie feels a bit too serious. As my husband put it as we were leaving, “It felt like they tried to make a serious movie for children.” It was in the very apparent “laugh” scenes that I felt Disney shine through more than ever.
The casino planet.
This planet was a complete waste of twenty minutes of screen time. Everything about it. Just bad. I felt it was only there to tell Rose’s backstory and give an opening to the end (which they could have done any other way that actually connects to the real story). We don’t care about Rose’s backstory; we never heard Lando Calrissian’s backstory and we liked him just fine – let her be a supporting character and leave it at that!
Who is Snoke?
During The Force Awakens, they kept talking about this great and powerful Snoke (almost like the Wizard of Oz). He always appears huge in his holographic form, but we never had any information on him. In this film, we get to meet him and see him in his true form and he basically dies three seconds later. We are just supposed to accept that he seems to have mind control abilities (which seems more like a jedi trait), yet he couldn’t see Kylo Ren using the force to kill him? Really? I also want to know who he his, how he came to power, and why he looks the way he does? Also, Luke said that Snoke was already in his head – well could you expand on that? It just seemed silly to have this supposedly important character in only like 10 minutes of both movies. We want more.
Where was the conflict/connection between and inside of Rey and Kylo Ren?
The only part I actually enjoyed in this movie was the great scene where Rey goes to Kylo Ren to turn him and is brought before Snoke. The fight scene between Kylo Ren and Rey was fantastic and I loved seeing them work together, but in The Force Awakens there is supposed to be this connection between them, but all I saw in this movie was Snoke “bridging their minds,” it had nothing to do with a genuine connection. WTF! Also, both Kylo Ren and Rey are supposed to have serious pull the each side of the Force. Kylo Ren is supposed to be battling the good inside him and Rey is supposed to be battling her pull to the dark, but we BARELY SEE IT. I wanted to see a lot more of the Kylo Ren and Rey backstory and just of them in general instead of all the hooplah surrounding Finn and Poe.
All in all, I want more from these new movies. If you are going to continue a brilliant series and a classic story, you need to bring something new, original, and creative to the story. Well instead of new, original, and creative, we just keep getting “been there, done that” and I’m growing tired of it. I feel like they love to stir up the suspense and make it seem like they are building something totally mind blowing and then not following through… which is what happened with The Last Jedi to me. It doesn’t feel like they know where they want the story to go and that is a problem. You can’t write a story based on what you think the audience wants to see; you have to write an incredible story and go with it.
If you choose to see it, prepare for some cheap laughs and disappointment.