The movie gets an A+ for cinematography. It was visually stunning, especially the scenes on Crait. The scarlet trail of salt (looking like blood) on pristine white was worth the A+ alone. A feast for the eyes!
Cato Bight, the casino scenes, showed a lush, elegant world with brightness and glitter. Of course, wherever the rich play, there's always the exploited workers making their idle indulgences possible. Darkness beneath the light.
I liked Mark Hamill getting a lot to do. I'm just not certain I like the way the charcter evolved. I get that people can change as the years pass, but the boy-turned-man who believed in hope and redemption became a bitter hermit? When Obi-Wan became a hermit on Tatooine, it was for the express purpose of keeping an eye on Luke as he grew up. This was far different.
Would Like ever consider killing Ben Solo in his sleep? He did, and if it meant sparing the Galaxy another Darth Vader, I could see that, but he hesitated and Ben (soon Ren) was enraged and started utilizing the Dark Side.
What really bothered me about this film? the lack of respect for what came before it. I get that you're introducing a new generation of characters, but it smacked of throwing the baby out with the bathwater to me.
The scene when Rey offers Luke his lightsaber encapsulated it for me when he tossed it over his shoulder like so much garbage. That was like a slap in the face to long-time fen. Sure, Star Wars can be pompous, but being so dismissive of the symbol of the Jedi aggravates me, just like the burning of the sacred Jedi texts. I understand that holy books can become confining, but for the historical value alone it was a sin to burn them.
Kylo Ren thinks he's Darth Vader? Ha, Emo Boy, we knew Darth Vader, and Ren, you're no Darth Vader.
So everything Star Wars fans loved before is just ripe for ridicule and immolation? The whole thing came across as ham-handed.
I did like seeing Luke and Leia in a scene together, and I guess Han's death was acknowledged with the dice, but why was Luke never shown grieving Han's death, unless Rey came upon him in the midst jof grieving? Could we have gotten a mention of Han's name between Luke and Leia?
Luke's final battle was impressive. I felt as if he regained some of his old optimism back despite the futility of the outcome. It was a good way to go out (far better than what Han was given for a swan song), but something was lacking.
My annoyance with the way the passing of the torch was handled causes me to give this film an overall C+, and that's because the visuals rated an A+.
So there you have my review. Only a year late! ;)
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