Gradebook: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Corinne Donnelly: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2/10)
Star Wars was written as an epic saga based in mythology and legends. When you take that background and flip it on its head, it will upset some and invigorate others. And that is precisely what happens in this film. Johnson takes a beloved franchise and changes it drastically. It didn’t work for me. The Last Jedi felt more like an addition to the Marvel Universe than a Star Wars film. The irreverent tone irked me from the very beginning. The blending of old and new characters could have been illuminating, but most of their interactions came across as shallow and inconsequential. In fact, many moments seemed out of place, and a few were so over the top that I found myself rolling my eyes. The modern jokes also did not sit well with me, and I don’t think they will age well either. Most notably, the mysteries set up in The Force Awakens, much of which made that movie enjoyable, were tossed aside in an attempt to subvert expectations. I can appreciate change if it is done well, but I think this attempt was disappointing, and ultimately, damaging to the Skywalker saga. I can only hope that something can be salvaged from the wreckage.
Mark Krawczyk: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (10/10)
Yep, that is right. Star Wars is the first movie I saw ever. 2.5 years old . So this franchise has been in my blood. I did not read much of the expanded universe,etc. I loved where they took this film. Most of the humor worked for me, some was forced. Also there is one scene I did not care for involving Princess Leia. I also wish they handled a segment on the casino planet different. THAT said. I HAD A BLAST with this film. I loved how it turned expectations on its heals, I think it is a bold direction for a new generation of fans, and it leaves the last film an enigma. Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill have great scenes together and what they did with the Luke character was bold and I loved it. I enjoyed Adam Driver’s performance a hell of a lot better than in The Force Awakens. This did not destroy any legacy. If you want your old Luke, watch the Original Trilogy, not the special editions the orginals ask your parents for the VHS . I can see how it might piss people off but for me, this was a fantastic theatrical experience and better on second viewing. IT was fun, my kids enjoyed it and I have seen a HELL of a lot worse films than this one in the theater this year. Saying this film is the worst of the year is a bit overdramatic. Seriously, Bye Bye man came out this year. So did Chips, Jigsaw, …
Tony Estrada: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (8/10)
An exciting, funny, and bold Star Wars adventure that I’m definitely going to remember for a long time. Most of the stories that we follow in this installment are very engaging and it really does push the story forward for the future of Star Wars. The cast does an absolutely incredible job portraying these characters, the visual effects are stunning (except for that casino sequence), the humor (for the most part) does work, and there are plenty of twists and turns to make this story even more exciting. There are flaws such as the Finn/Rose subplot being not that interesting, runtime can drag a bit, Laura Dern’s character not making much sense, Luke Skywalker not really being the trainer to Rey I was hoping he would be, certain characters that felt wasted, and an unnecessary and cheesy scene towards the end of the film that ruins, what could’ve been, one of the most impactful moments in Star Wars history. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, even with those issues, still blew me away with its story, visuals, action sequences, cinematography, and the risky choices that it makes — it’s one of those movies I truly do love the more I think about it.
Daniel Rester: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (8/10)
This eighth entry in the “Star Wars” saga is more ambitious and original in its ideas than “The Force Awakens,” but its a less successful entry in terms of its pacing and execution. The cast is fun as usual, with Mark Hamill stealing the show, but a lot of the character decisions are questionable to nonsensical. A couple of subplots bog down the pacing as well. Flaws aside, “The Last Jedi” is an entertaining ride and features one jaw-dropping lightsaber fight and a number of other memorable moments.
Matt Marshall: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (9/10)
As much as I loved ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ there’s no denying that J.J. Abrams and company played it safe. The last thing anyone could’ve asked for in ‘The Last Jedi’ was a carbon copy of ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’ And while some elements may be the same, director Rian Johnson left audiences with an unforgettable eighth installment. We’re mostly invested in the Luke, Kylo and Rey dynamic, which is the real meat of the film. Adam Driver evolves the most as Kylo Ren, going places Hayden Christensen could’ve only dreamed of in the prequels. The other subplots rack up alongside some of the better previous Star Wars adventures. Then there’s that whole casino planet fiasco that’s never fully executed. Admittedly, some of Johnson’s narrative choices didn’t exactly click, but there’s still Abrams’ Episode IX to bring it all home. I’m going to reserve some judgment until December 2019. Nevertheless, ‘The Last Jedi’ has become yet another entertaining, impactful chapter in the galaxy far, far away.
Adam Haskell: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (9.5/10)
One of the best films I’ve seen in 2017 easily, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is fantastic. The effects are, as expected, amazing, the film has great cinematography, the action is amazing. This is not like any other Star Wars film, it’s absolutely CRAZY. The Force Awakens did take plenty of risks but not nearly as much as this film, this film takes so many risks but my god it works. It’s dark, it’s INSANELY unpredictable, it’s funny, it’s sad… it’s all sorts of things. There is a casino scene I could’ve done without but other than that this was one incredibly well-acted, unique, and amazing experience I’ll never forget. The best since Empire, I’M GOING THERE!!!
Sammy Klinger: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (10/10)
This film is truly something unique and special. It is very ballsy and unpredictable but in the best way and takes a lot of big risks and it pays off. While I can admit the film has a few flaws, they are flaws that never bothered me or affected my experience in anyway. Everything else is outstanding, from the effects, to the action, to the performances, to the characters, to the unique storytelling that makes you think, to the ballsy moves, to the excellent direction by Rian Johnson (who I can’t wait to see his own star wars trilogy), to the emotion, to the surprises and to pretty much everything. This film has some of the absolute best Star Wars moments, action scenes, character moments and lightsaber fights in the entire franchise. I personally think it’s a smidge better than The Force Awakens. It does take risks where to a certain extent I can understand why people are upset by it but overall I freakin ADORED The Last Jedi and I cannot wait to see Episode 9.
Average We Live Entertainment Gradebook Score for Star Wars: The Last Jedi: 8/10
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