It’s obvious that many, many “Star Wars” fans, young and old, are going to buy tickets on Fandango or Movie Tickets for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
“The Force Awakens” was one of the very best films I’ve seen in 2015; the prequel from last year, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” was a good one; and now this year, “The Last Jedi” is “Empire Strikes Back” fun. At least, that’s how many consider it.
When we last saw the characters, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) has murdered his father Han Solo, and Rey (Daisy Ridley) finally finds the isolated Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
The bad guys-Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), and Kylo Ren-have waged war, and General Lea’s (Carrie Fisher in her final performance) Resistance group must stop them.
Skywalker refuses to join the fight, but ends up training Rey to become a Jedi. Meanwhile, Snoke brands Kylo Ren as a weakling, especially since he refuses to murder his mother, too. And He and Rey start communicating with each other.
And the bad guys have managed to track the Resistance through light speed, and if they keep running, they’ll run out of fuel. So it’s up to Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and a maintenance girl named Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) to find a code breaker (Benicio del Toro) in order to save the fleet.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has a few complicated things like how Kylo Ren and Rey communicate with each other, but overall, it’s a lot of fun from beginning to end.
Director Rian Johnson (“Looper”) still offers what JJ Abrams offered in “The Force Awakens.” The special effects are incredible, the jokes are funny, the sets, locations, and images are all breathtaking, the lightsabers still shine, the performances from Hamill, Ridley, Driver, Boyega, Isaac, Tran, and del Toro are spot on, and the force is strong with everything.
And as for Carrie Fisher, May the Force Be With Her.