The Last Jedi Review: Lucasfilm Strikes Back!

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi has finally hit our screens amidst a flurry of Porgs, Snoke theories and enormous expectation. I took the hype of the last few weeks with a Crait-sized piece of salt, and you know what? I wasn’t disappointed.

The Last Jedi excites, awes and entertains in equal measure, as Rian Johnson takes the figurative lightsaber from JJ Abrams and tosses it nonchalantly over his shoulder. Star Wars has entered brand new territory here, which is a most welcome surprise indeed…

Click through for the review but be warned: spoilers are present!

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The Rian Johnson News

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It’s crazy the difference five years makes.

On October 30th 2012, the news that Disney had purchased Star Wars and intended to produce a new trilogy dominated news cycles. Now, just two films later, the news that Rian Johnson has free rein to helm a trilogy of his own barely gets a look in (although, to be fair, Western democracy has steadily collapsed in the meantime).

But it’s still big news for Star Wars fans all the same.

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The Last Jedi: The Poster & Final Trailer Have Arrived!

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Now that the Blade Runner 2049 hype circus has left town (and note to Lucasfilm – that is how you follow up a classic film after 30+ years), it’s time for desperate YouTubers across the land to start laying on the overwrought excitement for December’s Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

That’s right: the final trailer is here.

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JJ Abrams to Direct ROTJ2

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OK, this blog title somewhat jests – Starkiller Base aside, the common criticism that The Force Awakens was a rehash isn’t as entirely fair as the popular narrative suggests, or indeed relevant to the actual flaws with the film. Still, there’s no question that the experience of watching Episode VII felt remarkably familiar…

I’ve been guardedly optimistic about how The Last Jedi is shaping up. It looks like it will address some of the issues raised by TFA (if not all) and Rian Johnson’s pedigree would indicate that the film is in safer hands than Abram’s initial entry ever was. So the news that Abrams is returning to the vacated director’s spot for Episode IX is disappointing to say the least.

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Uncharted Evolution for the Jedi Robe

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As the trailer and leaked studio shots have shown, in Episode VIII Luke Skywalker looks like the kind of Jedi we’ve waited a long time to see – a utilitarian Force user whose outfit echoes the past without being beholden to it. It’s a departure from the classic Jedi robes that shows yet another evolution of Luke’s character.

Before the Prequel Trilogy cemented the look of the Jedi there was a world of possibility about how different Jedi across the galaxy could look. A great deal of our visual ideas of the ‘guardians of peace and justice’ were informed by the now abandoned EU, and the work of Dark Horse Comics in particular.

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