Star Wars The Last Jedi Review: No Spoilers

So, how was Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi? Here’s a short, spoiler free review based on last night’s viewing…

First, My Conclusion:

  • The Score: 6.5 out of 10.
  • The Good: The Last Jedi is largely better than the Prequels (Episodes I, II, III).
  • The Bad:┬áBut it doesn’t live up to the originals (IV, V, VI) — not even Return of the Jedi. Nor does it quite live up to Rogue One’s set pieces or Episode VII’s thoughtful character introductions (Rey, Finn).

Now, some spoiler free observations:

  • We get some answers to questions raised in 2015’s Episode VII. But I didn’t particularly like the answers.
  • There are some great, moving high points.
  • Luke and Leia don’t disappoint.
  • John Williams’ music doesn’t disappoint.
  • Bad CGI nearly ‘overruns’ at least one extended scene. Hint without a plot spoiler: I’m not a fan of casinos or real horse racing. Now, take those elements and animate them. Poorly. Ugh.
  • In some areas, it’s as if Disney hired too many actors and then realized: Gee, we need to make up some plot filler to keep them occupied in this movie.
  • Attempts at humor occasionally hit, but often miss.

Disney has got to learn: Less is more. For Episode IX please deliver fewer sub-plots.

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    Larry Walsh:

    At least us Trekkies know enough to stay away from the odd-numbered films


      We Trekkies.

    Suzanne Collier:

    Agree on all points! I’m glad I’m not the only one that thought Luke, Leia and the John Williams soundtrack were the best parts of the movie…Episode VIII definitely did not live up to the originals, or my expectations.

    Chip Bieler:

    The last hour around the salt planet was awesome! It maybe up for the horrible Laura Dern scenes. It was an ok Disney movie but this wasn’t “Star Wars”. I’d give it a 5 out of 10.

    Joe Panettieri:

    As each day passes I’m thinking less and less of the movie.

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