Thank the Force for that, at last a Star Wars film that takes some risks and steers the Star Wars universe in new and exciting directions. A massive improvement over The Force Awakens.
I won’t touch on the plot as that is one of the best bits, you just don’t know which way it’s going to go and there are plenty of surprises. You still get all your standard Star Wars bits; space ship dog fights, last-minute saves, cute creatures, the falcon going side-ways, light saber fights etc. but they’ve added a lot more Jedi related scenes, as well as some intrigue and a lot more heart. I was also pleasantly surprised with the humour with quite a few nods towards previous episodes (not all lines worked though but more hit than missed).
It sure was great to see Luke back with Mark Hamill giving the stand-out performance of the film (he shows a great range of emotions, ranging from a bit mad to conflicted/tortured). Everyone else does a good enough job with Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver looking far more comfortable in their central roles.
As per normal, the soundtrack and effects are amazing. For the space battles you just don’t even think of them as effects any more they are almost real. I would have liked perhaps a bit more variety on the space ships and the bombers didn’t make any combat sense to me at all.
What stops SW: TLJ from reaching the very best episodes is the rather pointless and somewhat forced side story around Finn. It just didn’t do it for me and felt like they had to come up with something for him to do. And don’t get me started on Captain Phasma…..
Verdict: It’s been a long time coming but finally a Star Wars film that moves in a different and unexpected direction. Lets hope the Force stays with the final episode.