With an opening weekend behind it, here is the Bureau 42 review of Star Wars – Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.  The review itself will endeavor to be as spoiler free as we can, but if you are avoiding spoilers, you should probably avoid the comments, too.

Crew:

Director: Rian Johnson
Writers: Rian Johnson

Cast hidden in case one of the names is a spoiler.  Feel free to click through to IMDB to see it.  If you are familiar with a character, the person you expect to play that character did.

Premise:

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order. (From IMDB.)

High Point:

The Last Jedi is an adventure.  It is a fun ride you get pulled into and you hold on through all its twists and turns, and you have fun the entire time.

Low Point:

The storyline suffers from a lot of things happening by will of The Force, and by that I mean it’s we have events happen and characters making decisions just to move the story to the situations the storytellers wanted to put on screen.

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6 Star Wars: A New Hope introduced many original aspects to our sci-fi, even showing space ships that don’t move in a straight line from right to left.  The Last Jedi gives us more of this same world, in beautiful visuals, but there wasn’t anything mind-blowingly new to the galaxy or to the story.

Effects: 6/6 There is a reason that Industrial Light and Magic is the gold standard for effects, and this movie keeps that tradition alive.  I was tempted to remove a point for a human’s CGI character scene, but the rest of the effects are more than enough to make up for it.

Acting: 6/6 Everyone, human or computer generated, gives us a performance that did a great job of not only giving us the obvious emotions, but hinting at feelings under the surface.

Production: 5/6 All elements of this production come together well, but I can’t help wondering if they weren’t trying to hit a release date if we would have gotten a bit more meat to this chapter.

Story: 5/6  There are points where you have to pause and wonder why characters didn’t take certain actions sooner, or why certain actions yielded the perfect results for the characters to achieve their goals, and these added up to enough that I felt they were cheating a bit.  Even with this, the ride is a great one, taking you to many important corners of this galaxy far, far away.

Emotional Response: 6/6 The movie makes you cheer with the characters, gasp in fear, and are worried and unsure of which choices will be made.  I suspect this effect is lessened if you don’t have a lifetime of familiarity with the characters, but I doubt many people who have a chance to see the movie don’t have that, even if it is just from the culture.

Overall: 5/6  I enjoyed The Last Jedi, I only wish the various big moments didn’t feel quite so Forced.

In total, Star Wars: The Last Jedi receives 37/42