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MOVIE REVIEW: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Combines A Little Bit Of All The Things That Make Star Wars So Special

VVNG- Being a fan of Star Wars, ever since I was a tiny little Mexican boy, I would often feel the need to defend my beloved space flicks if someone didn’t like them or if they said they had no interest in watching them. I mean, how can anybody not like this geeky goodness? Space battles? Laser swords? Superpowers? The ultimate battle between good and evil? NONE OF THOSE THINGS APPEAL TO YOU?… I just couldn’t believe it!… But now, after watching The Last Jedi, I can honestly say that if someone tells me they are not going to watch this movie, for whatever reason, the only thing I will feel for them is pity. Pity that they are missing out on a superb sci-fi film that (although not perfect) has explosive action, nail-biting suspense, compelling drama, tons of humor and so many, “OMG, I can’t breathe, I think I might really need some help, but this is so good that I will tough it out until the movie is over before I dial 911” moments, that will satisfy your nerdiness until the next episode comes out.

I really don’t want to spoil ANYTHING, so I will only mention that the bad guys (The First Order) are really close to completely eliminating the good guys (The Resistance). Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) wants the Jedi to end. Rey (Daisy Ridley) might feel a strong pull towards the Dark Side and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) may not be as bad as we thought. Other than that, I will let you enjoy all of the bountiful surprises as you watch this flick.

I give Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the “Checky Seal of Approval!” From the moment this movie starts, you are treated to an emotional and suspenseful space battle that is full of amazing visuals and incredible action. After that, the movie just keeps busting out epic scene after epic scene, until it ends. It’s really cool how the filmmakers were able to include a little bit from all of the previous entries in the saga. From the animated shows to the spin-off. And although I admit, that not everything in Star Wars is perfect, sometimes you have to take the good with the bad.

What I didn’t like about this flick is that some of the jokes were not funny, there is an entire storyline that is fun, but almost a complete waste of time. And the silliness of a few of the creatures and the cheesiness of some of the special effects feel out of place in this darker toned flick. I have a feeling that those two last things might have been done on purpose though because they felt like they fit right in the Star Wars universe. However, these things didn’t really stop me from enjoying this fresh new episode and you shouldn’t let them stop you either.

Another thing that might help you enjoy this film, even more, is if you don’t go in expecting it to be the same as the other Star Wars movies. This is really different than the previous stories, but in a good way. In a familiar way that doesn’t feel recycled. If you are opposed to watching a movie that is different than the prequels or the originals, or that is headed in a different direction, away from the story you grew up with, then you might have a hard time accepting this movie, since it is clearly trying to end certain storylines and introduce new ones so that this franchise can go on for many more years. I suggest you have an open mind and just try to enjoy it. Either that or you can just rewatch the episodes you like, for all eternity.

So, unless your kiddos are too sensitive, I recommend you gather every youngling, padawan and Jedi in your house, hop on your spaceship and turn on its hyperdrive so you can head to your favorite theater,  as fast as you (safely) can, and watch this highly entertaining film that is definitely strong with The Force.

So, what did you think of The Last Jedi? Do you agree or disagree with me? Which flick are you checking out this week? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day at the movies, don’t forget to save me some popcorn and May The Force Be With You!

Official Synopsis: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.


If you have never seen a Star Wars movie and are thinking of watching The Last Jedi, I recommend you check this video out. It recaps episodes 1-6:

Or if you just want to catch up on the latest one (Episode 7: The Force Awakens), watch this:


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Ezequiel T (a.k.a., El Checky) is a Translator with a lifelong passion for films. He has been reviewing movies for years and has been watching, discussing and sometimes even making them for as long as he can remember. When reviewing them, he has a simple way of recommending a good movie by giving it The “Checky™ Seal Of Approval!” which is due to his childhood nickname. He currently lives in Victorville, CA with his wife of 12 years, Joanna.