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Star Wars Episode 8, just subtract 3

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The trailer poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Photo courtesy of StarWars.com

Two years since the release of the first movie of the much awaited Star Wars trilogy, Disney released the second movie, Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi. Under the direction of Rian Johnson, The Last Jedi impressed a general audience but didn’t fool the critics.

As the movie starts and the famous opening crawl scrolls upwards, fans begin to feel the nostalgia of the new and old movies. Midway through the movie people realize, the opening crawl is the only part of the movie. The overall plot of the text crawl is expanded into a 2 hour and 33 minute movie.

With the movie starting with an intense space battle filled with emotion, the viewer is entranced with the many explosions and newly designed spacecraft. But looking deeper into the scenes of the battle, many questions and confusion arise when major scenes are looked into deeper.

Looking deeper into the movie, small, miniscule, and quite often, large details that create massive plot holes and unanswerable questions. These plot holes give the impression that the change of directors from Episode 7 to Episode 8, clashed in directing styles. Episode 8 was very similar in comparison to the old and gold Episode 5. Watch the two movies back to back and you’ll see that much of the inspiration for The Last Jedi was redeveloped from the same scenes in The Empire Strikes Back.

After watching the movie, the biggest problem I had was the amount of comedy involved. During tense scenes and serious conversations, characters would often crack a joke or make a humorous comment. To me, Star Wars is about the awesome hero characters and intense battle scenes. I didn’t appreciate the amount of humor added into the movie.

My next issue with the movie is the character of Luke Skywalker. It seems to me that Rian Johnson had not watched any Star Wars movie previously. The demeanor and actions of Luke take a complete turn from the hero we once knew who risked his life to take down the Death Star. Mark Hamill even came out himself and admitted that the character of Luke would never do that things written in the script of The Last Jedi.

Disney’s impact on the Star Wars franchise has been nothing but negative. Disney has introduced characters simply to sell merchandise and to kill off the old characters. Many scenes throughout the movie give one of the characters a feeling of a classic Disney princess. Sorry Rian Johnson, I paid to see Star Wars, not the latest sing along.

Another problem with the movie is that a major gap happened between Episode 7 and Episode 8. But according to the director, Episode 8 takes place immediately after the ending of Episode 7. This creates a lot of plot holes and unanswerable questions that leave many viewers confused. Characters that were promised to be explained, backstories of major characters, and many other questions were given one simple fix: kill off the character.

Lastly, arguably the most famous line in Star Wars history, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this,” is not stated at any point throughout the movie.

The Last Jedi has many more issues that I could go into. But keeping spoilers aside, I will refrain from revealing any more information that could hint as to a major plot scene from the movie.

Overall, Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi left almost nothing for the final episode in the latest trilogy to build off of. Leaving characters dead and both sides in ruins, viewers are left to wonder what is in store for the final episode. Episode 9 will follow the track of the previous three movies and be released sometime in December 2019. For now, fans will look towards the next Star Wars Story titled Solo, a movie about Han Solo. This is planned for release on May 25, 2018.


Ryan McMullen
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I am the Sports Editor of The Reflection. I mainly write about football and basketball with a few miscellaneous articles here and there. I have won honorable mentions for my articles and this year I hope to win first place this year and win another Spartan Award for The Reflection.

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