The Last Jedi dives straight into the action with the kind of epic space battle you’d expect to be saved for the climax.
Director Rian Johnson is just warming up, however, cross-cutting between Rey and Luke on Ahch-To, Kylo Ren and The First Order’s onslaught, and an away mission for Finn and new friend Rose. Johnson lets the players – both old and new – grow and evolve. Kylo wears his internal conflict like a second mask; Luke has become a reflection of Obi-Wan after losing Ben Solo to the Dark Side; General Leia remains dignified yet weary; and Supreme Leader Snoke is even more sinister in the mo-cap flesh than as a giant hologram.
We also discover some interesting revelations about the Force, and those Porgs won’t annoy you as much as they do Chewie. Johnson maintains a breakneck pace, juggling the multiple story arcs without too much slack and raising the emotional stakes.
Not all the questions raised by The Force Awakens are answered, but the ones that are will surprise. The Last Jedi may have divided fans, but ultimately, it’s thrilling and grand space opera on an epic scale, just as Star Wars should be.
Release Date: 28 March 2018
Format: DVD Blu-ray 3D 4K
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher
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