Mr O and I were lucky to have one day over the Christmas break with no family commitments and where Little O’s nursery was open so we decided to sneak off and see the latest Star Wars film.
This time Rey (Daisy Ridley) is cracking on with her Jedi training while the First Order continues to kick the shit out of the galaxy. Meanwhile Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) has done a full 80’s soap opera turn and come back from the dead with the intention of enacting some kind of final complete control of the universe type scenario.
I got a bit sleepy at this point so I might be confusing things. Anyway Rey, Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) set off on a mission to find this star guide thingy that will tell them where Palpatine and the Sith are hiding. At the same Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) still has an open to connection to Rey and very badly wants her to join the Dark Side with him so they can rule together. And if that wasn’t enough Rey will finally find out who her parents are.
I mean none of Star Wars really makes sense anymore and the entire Palpatine thing is awfully convenient. And there is a spy plot that is pointless. And people keep coming back from the dead and reappearing as memories and it’s all a bit tedious.
On the plus side, it looks incredible, the droids and weird alien creatures steal every part of the film and I love the chemistry between Ridley and Driver. In fact I genuinely just love Kylo Ren as a character. He’s intense, conflicted and never plays his full hand. This is in no way influenced by the fact that have a bit of a thing for Adam Driver, obviously.
Boyega and Isaac also have a great connection and seeing their relationship grow and evolve is nice. I am a big Oscar Isaac fan so watching him is always enjoyable. Some characters get fitting endings and there are some emotional moments but really the best I can come up with this film is that it was… fine. It is starting to feel a bit (a lot) like a dead horse has been flogged. Unfortunately tits like me keep going to see these films so the likelihood is that there will be more of them… even if this trilogy is now complete.