Last year Mr O got some cinema vouchers as a gift. We have been trying to decide what we were going to see for months but eventually the magic of Star Wars sealed the deal… we are both fans, Mr O of the variety where he can name all the characters and equipment. Me more of the, well this is fun, variety, We had somewhat different takes on the film.
Having located Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Rey (Daisy Ridley) finds herself forced to contend with the fact that he is less than fully on board with helping her develop her powers or to aid the Resistence. She is also experiencing a powerful connection with a conflicted Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), who in some ways is the only person who can really understand what she is going through.
Meanwhile Admiral Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and what remains of the Resistance are trapped, tracked even through light speed by The First Order. Finn (John Boyega) and his new friend, Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) take off on a daring mission to disable the tracker, while Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) attempts to hold the fort.
I watched this and thought ah I am having a great time… then Mr O pointed out that it was too long, Finn and Rose’s mission was utterly pointless and there were loads of plot holes and I thought, rats… he is right.
And he really is right about all those things. As much as there is lots of shiny Star Warsiness going on… there is a lot of bloat and a lot of unnecessary meandering from the point.
I did love the porgs (who are rather a lot like Little O in cuteness and temperament. Them interfering with Chewie trying to pilot the Falcon is basically my life). Carrie Fisher is an absolute legend and while I have never loved Luke Skywalker I did find the intensity that Hamill brought to his struggle for peace very compelling. I also found the chemistry between Rey and Kylo Ren really good. You’re never quite sure if you want them to fuck each other or kill each other. (I kind of wanted them to fuck each other but probably just because I fancy Adam Driver… a lot).
All in all, I enjoyed The Last Jedi. It wasn’t brilliant but it was fun and great piece of popcorn escapism.