Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review
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Two years ago, director J. J. Abrams began a new Star Wars trilogy with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, introducing new heroes and villains while setting the stage for a new battle between good and evil. And now director Rian Johnson continues the conflict with Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The Last Jedi follows the continuing battle between the Resistance and the First Order. As the First Order continues to track the Resistance fleet, fighter pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) fights to have his voice heard by his commanders, while Finn (John Boyega) teams up with maintenance worker Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) to set their own plan into action. And, on a distant island, Rey (Daisy Ridley) struggles with the growing power inside heróa power that connects her to Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)óas she tries to convince Luke (Mark Hamill) that the Resistance needs him to come out of hiding and join the battle.

In his first Star Wars film (of many), Johnson certainly holds his own, picking up where Abrams left off while maintaining the style and tone that fans expect. While Abrams was tasked with launching a new trilogy with new characters, Johnson is free to build on that foundation, taking the characters that fans already love and further developing their stories.

There arenít a whole lot of surprises in The Last Jedióand nothing that feels out of the ordinary for the franchise. Itís action-packed and visually striking. There are lovable underdogs and reluctant heroes and menacing villains. Thereís also some genuine humor, which gives the film a playfulness thatís reminiscent of the original trilogy.

Admittedly, the latest Star Wars installment doesnít really drive the story forward. It doesnít make any major plot points that will be critical to future installments. For the most part, the action revolves around a plan to get the Resistance fleet to safety before running out of fuel, which sends Finn and Rose on an amusing side trip to a flashy space casino.

Instead of focusing on the story, then, the film focuses more on the charactersóon the growth and development of the three young heroes and on Kylo Renís internal battle. Thatís not to say that itís a lengthy character study. While itís certainly longer than it needs to be, itís still loaded with eye-popping action sequences that are sure to amazing old and new Star Wars fans alike. And, at the same time, it continues to build the next generation of interstellar freedom fighters.

The Last Jedi continues to bridge the old and the newómaintaining the style that fans know and love while gradually passing on the Star Wars torch. It isnít especially ground-breaking, and it doesnít really shake anything up, but itís both entertaining and faithful to the franchise.

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