REVIEW: THE LAST JEDI

REVIEW: THE LAST JEDI

By Michael Hall

The Last Jedi, while it had very good performance at the box office, was a complete failure. Disney continues to disappoint in the newest installment in the third trilogy of the Star Wars franchise. From retconning established lore, to fixing a plot hole to introducing characters just for the purpose of increasing the running time, The Last Jedi has it all.

Leaving off from the end of the last movie, we find ourselves struggling to remember what happened. The movie starts on Luke’s planet, where he has been in hiding in shame due to his inability to see the darkness in Ben Solo. He states his connection to the Force has been weakened due to his departure from its use. After much nagging, Rey finally convinces Luke to train her. While starting Force training, Luke states the Force can be used by every living thing. However, this contradicts a very important scene from The Phantom Menace, where a Jedi master tests Anakin’s blood to check his midichlorian count, which is apparently a measure of how well the blood donor can use the Force. This scene effectively retcons established lore in order to create Luke’s new personality of being a disgruntled homeless man. On the topic of Luke’s personality, director Rian Johnson made the poor choice to completely change Luke, making him go from a powerful Jedi to a minor antagonist covered in filth and dirt with the ability to lift small objects with his mind.

Later down the road, while attempting to desert the Resistance, Finn meets mechanic Rose Tico, who decides to aid him in his search for Rey. However, the Resistance already knew of Rey’s location, essentially making Finn’s search for Rey a pointless endeavor to lengthen the movie. Along the way, they also attempt to search for a master codebreaker, who decides to follow them after they run into trouble at a casino. However,the codebreaker promptly disappears, opening another plot hole. Perhaps the most notorious plot hole in the movie was when Leia’s ship was blown wide open, creating a vacuum that sucked Leia out into space. While frozen in space, Leia manages to use the Force to pull herself, barely scathed, back to the ship. In a matter of minutes, they show Leia walking and talking after laying in a bed. But wait, there’s more!

The Resistance is trapped in their ship with only 6 hours of fuel left, while Luke’s planet is shown to go through multiple day and night cycles. What could possibly top this? Maybe Luke versus Kylo, where Luke, despite absolutely no Force usage for over a decade, manages to project a physical copy of himself halfway across the galaxy to fight Kylo. Meanwhile, the Resistance takes this conveniently placed opportunity to escape from the First Order from their heavily armored base. Note, heavily armored. While the First Order had what was effectively a battering ram cannon, there was absolutely no need for Luke to fight Kylo. After Kylo finds that Luke is only projecting himself with the Force, Luke fades into nothingness and leaves his robes in a pile, both at the Resistance base and his planet, leaving a very unsatisfying end to the movie.

At most, The Last Jedi scores a 2/10 for giving me something to do other  than homework.