Non-Spoiler Review: “The Last Jedi” is a Completely Typical “Star Wars” Movie

Matthew Loffhagen
Lucasfilm
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is a “Star Wars” movie. It is designed for audiences of all ages, and if you’re a fan of previous instalments in the franchise, you’ll almost certainly enjoy this movie.

What more is there to say? It’s “Star Wars”. This movie won’t teach you the true meaning of Christmas or make you rethink the way you treat your family.

You won’t be bombarded by big, new, scary ideas, or forced to see the world through new eyes. There won’t be anything here that you haven’t seen a million times before, in some form or other.

It’s “Star Wars”. Like pizza, even if it’s not that great, you still love it.

The movie is basically the same as the last two instalments. If you’re a fan of what Disney has done with “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, you’ll like what’s going on here.

This isn’t the world’s most original movie, but then, it doesn’t have to be. The purpose here is to tell a nice little “Star Wars” story that hearkens back to the classics, without straying too far from the beaten path.

There is an attitude among some “Star Wars” fans that the Prequels, while divisive, were at least more unique and original than what we’ve been getting from Disney as of late.

Certainly, if you’re hoping to find a brand new look and feel to the “Star Wars” universe, you won’t find it here.

As much as director Rian Johnson attempts to rock the boat with a few new ideas, it’s clear that he’s not been allowed to stray too far from the beaten path.

If you’ve seen a “Star Wars” movie, you’ll probably be able to see where this is going. If you’ve read a comic or played a video game, you’ll have an even clearer idea of the plot. There are some twists and turns along the way, but they only exist to differentiate this film slightly from the other eight “Star Wars” movies that have come before it.

Perhaps eventually Disney will have to try making a “Star Wars” movie that isn’t quite so formulaic. Maybe that’s what Rian Johnson has lined up next.

In the meantime, “The Last Jedi” is the kind of standard, traditional storytelling that we’ve all come to expect from forty years of “Star Wars” media. It’s completely, perfectly fine, and it won’t disappoint you if all you’re looking for is a fun new movie with laser blasts, lightsabers, and weird alien creatures.

“The Last Jedi” is a “Star Wars” film, like its predecessor before it.

If you like “Star Wars”, go ahead and give this a watch.

If you’re after something more original, then maybe watch a different movie, there are plenty playing.

Don’t expect “The Last Jedi” to break the mold, because the whole point of this new “Star Wars” trilogy is nostalgia. Hoping for more nuance or variety of storytelling in this movie is like showing up to Pizza Hut and complaining that you’re bored of pizza.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is a “Star Wars” movie. That being the case, based on your opinion of other films in the franchise, you probably already know whether or not you’ll love it.

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