‘The Last Jedi’ changes the ‘Star Wars’ world forever


Magog the Ogre/PD ineligible/2017

‘The Last Jedi’ is Episode Eight of the “Star Wars” franchise, and it was released on Dec. 15.

Jordan Hanlon, Editor-in-Chief of The Highlander

This article contains spoilers from ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi.’

Friendly reminder: it is now canon that Luke walked in on Rey and Kylo holding hands and had the biggest dad freakout in history.

But, no. Luke is not Rey’s father.

‘The Last Jedi,’ which is Episode Eight in the “Star Wars” franchise, gives a completely new feel to the series. Director Rian Johnson created this episode to further capture this generation’s attention, while attempting to please the original fans as well.

Being part of the “newer generation” of “Star Wars” fans, it’s hard to not gravitate towards the newer trilogy. The actors are familiar, the graphics are amazing, and the storyline is far more complex — especially when comparing it to the prequel’s. While this new style appeals greatly to many of us, I know there has been a mix of interpretations from older “Star Wars” fans.

The boldest move in the movie by far is Luke’s persona. He is no longer this hopeful and optimistic young man, but instead is portrayed as a grumpy and stubborn old man who is full of regret. He wants nothing to do with Rey and is fully set on dying and getting the closure he needs.

At first, this is confusing. It’s so unlike Luke to deny a request from Leia or to help the Resistance.

However, we later find out that Luke has closed himself off from the Force due to his regret about what happened with his nephew, Ben Solo, better known as Kylo Ren.

Speaking of Kylo Ren, who is hands down my favorite character, he is often overshadowed by his connection to the dark side. However, what I think most fans really missed was his internal conflict — he is struggling with becoming fully dark, and this is shown when he is unable to blow up the Resistance ship. He is completely torn between joining Rey and pleasing Snoke.

The character in general, and the performance given by Adam Driver, was captivating. His interactions with Rey only made it harder not to empathize with him.

Rey and Kylo were connected through the Force. We see them confide in each other, and Rey attempts to turn Kylo to the light side. Johnson clearly wanted to show a romantic tension between the two, which was later proven when we discover that Rey is not a Skywalker, nor a Solo.

Johnson made another huge move by adding new aspects to the Force. Rey and Kylo’s minds were connected, and throughout the film, even when they were thousands of miles apart, they were able to communicate and physically touch each other.

Leia, who has always been Force-sensitive, was even shown using the Force, another aspect that I was not expecting.

In my opinion, Johnson did a great job finding a balance between romance, action, and a touch of cameos. However, the amount of comedy in the film was overdone. I only wish there were more lightsaber battles, especially after watching Rey and Kylo team up against the Praetorian guards.

If I were to comment on every part of the movie, this review would never end, but I was disappointed in the sub-plot that took place with Finn and Rose. It was almost unnecessary and could have been taken out of the movie, which is a hard thing to say, especially since it includes two very likable characters.

Despite everyone’s disappointment and my sadness, I believe this was a good time for Luke to die. He served his purpose, and both Luke and Mark Hamill have passed their legacy on to Rey. This episode had created a perfect segue into the next, which is where Leia’s story was supposed to end. However, we will never know now.

Between the romantic connection between Kylo and Rey, and Carrie Fisher not being in the next movie due to her passing last year, I can only imagine what they will do with Episode Nine. I’m filled with both angst and disappointment that I have to wait another two years for the next one.

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