By now, some of us would have got to know that The Last Jedi was bombarded with backlash from Star Wars fan base. Some have even pledged for petition to exclude the sequel to The Force Awakens in Canon. As a huge fan of the galactic saga, I am torn between loving and hating The Last Jedi. Here’s why: (Warning, a lil bit of spoilers ahead!)
The Last Jedi is not your typical tale of dominance of good over evil where our heroes will accomplish the mission regardless of the risk. Rian Johnson managed to encapsulate the painful reality to the audiences whereby miracles don’t always happened in times of war (not even in movies). I’m referring to past Star Wars miracles like the time where Clone Troopers came to save the Jedi after being completely surrounded by battle droids, and the time where Anakin and Obi-Wan were so focused on wiping away the buzz droids on their Starfighter that none of the enemy droids had the interest in blasting them off in the large field of battle. Rian Johnson offered this realistic, unexpected turn that anyone can bite the dust off the battlefield even for the galaxy’s mightiest legendary heroes. Furthermore, The Last Jedi is one of those movies which tells us that not everything will go as planned no matter how convincing it sounds in the first place; taking references to the scene whereby Finn and Rose embarked on search mission in Canto Bight and the sneaking into the First Order’s fleet to disable the light speed tracking device which ultimately failed, thus leading to the massacre of the Resistance fighters.
Johnson also did a couple of unexpected twists in the plot by prolonging the suspension to the truth to Rey’s parentage, as well as Snoke’s in which both were unfortunately left vaguely addressed. From the film, we will learn that The Force binds to anyone besides the Jedi but what made Rey so distinctive from others that she held so much power in the Force? Who is the Supreme Leader? Where are the Knights of Ren in the midst of this turmoil?
Nevertheless, a remarkable director he is, Johnson managed to amaze me at every turn of events. The Last Jedi is indeed a movie for the geeks who crave for surprising and unexpected turns with a climatic end. The galactic saga is finally letting go of the Skywalker family by opening the gateway to a much further and wider universe beyond the family tree that sparked the war between the light and darkness.
I love that this is perhaps the best Star Wars movie that I have ever watched since The Empire Strikes Back and Rogue One, but I also hated the fact that the new sequels are killing off our beloved Star Wars heroes and icons that we idolized since our childhood days. But then again, Star Wars is essentially still a legendary franchise which focuses on the balance between light and darkness in the galaxy far, far away.