I still remember the first time I saw my first Star Wars movie: a friend of mine brought A New Hope for a sleepover at my house and he told me that I was about to see the best movie ever. At that time it indeed was but then I saw Episodes V and VI and both of them made it to the top of my favorite movies, making it very hard for me to decide which one I liked the best and decided that I. I feel very sad for not being able to say the same for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, a total disappointment for me, a true Star Wars Fanatic. I have seen all the movies several times, I have played around 5 Star Wars video games, I love to see Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series with my nephews and, just like millions of fans out there, I have been anxiously waiting for The Last Jedi, and like most of them I left the movies feeling a strange emptiness inside of me.
It seemed to me that Rian Johnson is not a true Star Wars fan, otherwise he would not have disappointed so many fans around the globe. Johnson had to answer some questions that kept burning in our minds, such as: Who are Rey’s parents? Where did Snooke appear from? What is Luke Skywalker role now? Well, we get to see the legend Mark Hamill playing the character that made him famous, and he did a good job portraying a hermit and grumpy old Jedi hiding from the Universe and beaten. As for who are Rey’s parents and who is Snooke, well, both answers and the way Johnson presented them are lame. Another legend joins Mark Hamill in this sequel and she is none other than Carrie Fisher, playing Luke’s sister, Princess Leia Organa. They both performed great but it was not enough to save Star Wars from the empty hole where Rian Johnson dumped it.
Alongside Mark Hamill we see Daisy Ridley as Rey, who has come looking for Luke to give him his lightsaber back and maybe receive some training from The Last Jedi. However, she founds a bitter Luke who has taken refugee after Kylo Ren, his nephew and once apprentice, destroyed his temple. Adam Driver’s performance as Kylo Ren takes the movie up a few notches and is one of the best things in the movie. He shows us the internal struggle that eats Kylo Ren from the inside which shows us that just like his grandfather Darth Vader, he still has some good inside. Domnhall Gleeson and Gwendoline Christie play General Hux and Captain Phasma, both from the First Order and deadly enemies for the rebels Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega), and all their characters also appeared on Episode VII. We also got to see new faces, such as Benicio del Toro playing a tricky character and Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Holdo, second in command of the Rebel Alliance.
The problem with the movie was not their performances, they all did great jobs playing each part but some of them lacked drive and spirit. One of the biggest ooooh’s and aahhh’s that you get to hear in a Star Wars movie is in the space fights, battles or lightsaber fights but sadly, I did not hear any when I watched this movie. Because in the end, I have my own opinion of the film and so does everyone else but what really matters in a movie is that it should make you feel something…. And if I felt anything when I saw Star Wars The Last Jedi, it wasn’t excitement or happiness, it was the complete opposite of that.