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Star Wars: The Last Jedi  : The Awesomeness Lives On
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Friday, December 15, 2017
Rian Johnson
Daisy Ridley Rey, Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker, Adam Driver, Kylo Ren, Gwendoline Christie, Captain Phasma, Domhnall Gleeson, General Hux, Carrie Fisher

Irrespective of its title, this is certainly not the last of the Star Wars franchise or of the Jedis. Writer-director Rian Johnson’s eye is on keeping the Jedis alive. While the focus is on mentor Luke Skywalker and his uneasy equation with wayward student Rylo Ken, there’s the healthy entry of Kelly Marie Tran as Rose. She, it transpires, had a traumatic childhood but that’s what ultimately comes to the rescue of the Resistance. Rose paired off with John Boyega as Finn takes care of softer feelings and the imperative multi-cultural inclusiveness of the Resistance.


The evil First Order is gaining strength under a creature called Snoke and a stiff General Hux whose pale face leads to a bit of wit in the exchange with the Resistance. The Resistance is depleting in strength and needs to be shored up. The writing and the camera do precisely that as they dive between galaxies spurred by an inspiring energy.


The strength is the sheer awesomeness of theCGwhichthe franchise cannot ever afford to disappoint. It doesn’t. In fact, the dizziness of each unfolding spectacle is overwhelming.


With the Jedis and the Resistance intertwined and good having to triumph over evil, the franchise keeps afloat, the interest never dipping all through the long two-and-a-half hours.


Rose’s connect with abused children provides the heat-tug while admirers of the franchise will get to bid farewell to Carrie Fisher who died last year. The good news is that Carrie as Princess Leia has a few more scenes in her farewell episode than she did the last time around in The Force Awakens. And her romance with Luke lingers.


Like the franchise has been doing for a while, some familiar faces drop out while new ones slip in and make their own connect. Mark Hamill as Luke and Adam Driver as Rylo Ken make revelations about their relationship. Daisy Ridley as Rey and Oscar Isaac as Poe who disobeys orders for the larger good have become an accepted part of the Star Wars family.


Ultimately, what The Last Jedi achieves is to keep the plot bubbling for the next.


For a visually spectacular and an emotionally satisfying inter-galactic experience, Star Wars The Last Jedi gets a 3* rating.


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author

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