Starring: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac
Approximately 30 years after the destruction of the second Death Star, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last Jedi master, has disappeared. The First Order has risen from the remains of the fallen Galactic Empire and seeks to eliminate Luke and the Republic for good. The Resistance, backed by the Republic and led by Luke’s sister, Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), opposes them while searching for Luke to enlist his aid.
Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) meets village elder Lor San Tekka (Max von Sydov) on the planet Jakku to obtain a map to Luke’s location. Stormtroopers under the command of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) destroy the village and capture Poe. Poe’s droid BB-8 escapes with the map, and comes across a scavenger, Rey (Daisy Ridley) , at a junkyard settlement. Ren tortures Poe and learns of BB-8. Stormtrooper FN-2187, unable to kill for the First Order, frees Poe and they escape in a stolen TIE fighter; Poe dubs FN-2187 “Finn”. They crash on Jakku, and Finn appears to be the only survivor. He encounters Rey and BB-8 but the First Order tracks them and launches an airstrike. The three flee the planet in a stolen, rundown ship, the Millennium Falcon.
They are soon captured by a much larger ship, piloted by Han Solo and Chewbacca, the previous owners of the Falcon. Han explains that Luke tried to rebuild the Jedi Order but went into exile after a student turned to the dark side and destroyed all that Luke had built. Gangs seeking to settle debts with Solo board the ship and attack, but the five escape. The criminals inform the First Order of Han’s involvement. The Falcon crew arrive at the planet Takodana and meet in a cantina belonging to Maz Kanata, who can help BB-8 reach the Resistance, but Finn wants to flee on his own. Rey is drawn to a vault and finds the lightsaber that belonged to Luke and his father before him. She experiences disturbing visions and flees into the woods.
Will she follow the path of least resistance or will she face the dark forces gathering on the horizon?
Plot? Repetitive and boring. Character development? Non existent. New plot devices or any original ideas ? Not found. Fantastic CGI ? Not found. The Force? What force? Oh, the power of marketing, that’s the one left and yes, I have to grand it: the Walt Disney Company have their marketing skills honed to perfection. Small wonder they managed to persuade a lot of people to go and watch this movie.
Now imagine it or not but I used to be such a huge Star Wars fan. Unfortunately this part of the saga left me seriously disgruntled and rather unwilling to follow the series any longer. Why? The short list above sums it all nicely. I might only add that if you count on ‘a perfect blend of old and new’ you will get severly disappointed. There’s no blend to speak of, it’s rather one big recycling factory – of old actors, old tricks and old ideas which might have worked the first time around but the second time were quite unpalattable. Yes, the movie was packed with action and yes, it had one fresher moment when finally one Stormtrooper removed his tell-tale, white-and-black helmet, showed his dark face and switched to the good side but it was not nearly enough. Everything and everyone seemed to be a derivative of the previous characters and no, I don’t mean here that actors playing characters from previous parts were still present and also, in my very humble opinion, performing the best.
What I missed the most? Duh, the Force of course, the Jedi knights and a deeper understanding why the Dark Side has always been so enticing to anybody with a drop of Force in their bodies. In other words I wanted some explaining and some reason. Yeah, I know silly me.
A waste of time and money, a movie which has nothing new to say, perhaps even nothing to say, full stop. I watched it for the sake of old times. It still sucked.