Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017, December 16th)

Stayed awake for entire movie. Let me start by saying that I am 48 years old at the time of writing this, meaning I was about 8 when the first Star Wars movie came out in 1977. Probably the perfect age for this. I loved that first movie, really liked Empire Strikes Back, and thought Return of the Jedi was cheesy, but still enjoyed. I was 8, 10, and 13 for those three movies. When the next three came out about twenty years later, I saw them all, enjoyed them, but not the experience I had as a kid. When Force Awakens came out in 2015, I had a 13-year-old son, was pretty exited to get him into this franchise. I fell asleep a couple of times during Force Awakens, was disappointed. Had very little expectations for Rogue One, and was blown away . In my opinion, the second best Star Wars movie ever made, at least a 9 Star. So that is my background and perspective going into The Last Jedi. I knew there was no way it could be as good as Rogue One, I knew it would be closer to Force Awakens. So going in with those expectations, I enjoyed the movie. It was tough to not think about Carrie Fischer’s death throughout the movie as you saw her so alive on screen. I was concerned that the ‘Porgs’ would remind me of the Ewoks from Return of the Jedi, which I thought were a little hokey at the time. I am glad to say they were not. There was only one character in the movie that I thought did not fit her role well, that was Laura Dern as the Vice Admiral. Overall, I very much enjoyed this movie. No Rogue One, but many times better than the Force Awakens. I saw this movie at a private screening, all of those opinions given were mine before I sought out others. All those that I asked at the end of the movie, I believed were very close to mine. I have since been asked what I thought and have expressed the a aforementioned views, but have heard that many were disappointed. My belief is that they are comparing this to Rogue One and not Force Awakens, and if they were pushed on that issue, it might be getting much better reviews. It is rare for me to want to go see a movie a second time, I will be going to see this movie at least one more time.


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