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STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI

SYNOPSIS:
Rae (Daisy Ridley) continues her epic journey with Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in the next chapter of the Star Wars saga.

Review by Louise Keller:
John Williams' magnificent and resounding score propels this latest Star Wars adventure into the realm, expanding on its musical themes and splendid orchestrations. The music still feels fresh and Rian Johnson's film will please the fans with its wonderful visuals and abundance of action. Production elements are tops with superb editing throughout. But for me, there was something missing.

I felt as though I had seen it all before. More importantly, the dynamic between the characters is limited, as is the character development. Some of the battle scenes are confusing. Moreover there is no great romance, no special affinities between the characters and the tension between Daisy Ridley's Rae and Adam Driver's Kylo Ren struggling with the dark side, does not ignite. Perhaps we might have become more engaged with Rae if the screenplay had offered a greater backstory.

J.J. Abram's The Force Awakens (2015) was a shot in the arm, succeeding only too well as a swashbuckling intergalactic adventure that seamlessly brought the old and the new together. Here in Episode VIII, I missed Han Solo; even a brief appearance by Chewie failed to satisfy and there were a few too many cutsie critters whose appearances were token.

Having said that, I did enjoy Laura Dern's purple-haired leader in waiting, Benicio del Toro's rogue code-breaker and Andy Serkis' motion-captured, monstrous Snoke. Domhnall Gleeson is suitably mannered as the strident General Hux, Carrie Fisher (in her final role) returns as Leia and Mark Hamill gives his all as Luke Skywalker in self-imposed exile. Oscar Isaac is entertaining and solid as Poe, the resistance pilot, who together with charismatic John Boyega's ex-Stormtrooper Finn, delight in taking risks. Kelly Marie Tran is fine as a maintenance worker, although the side plot involving a potential romance fizzles

Johnson tries to ensure the Force is with us, but I couldn't help but think that the best has already been.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI (M)
(US, 2017)

CAST: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Riley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern

PRODUCER: Ram Bergman, Kathleen Kennedy

DIRECTOR: Rian Johnson

SCRIPT: Rian Johnson (based on characters by George Lucas)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Steve Yedlin

EDITOR: Bob Ducsay

MUSIC: John Williams

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Rick Heinrichs

RUNNING TIME: 152 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Studios

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 17, 2017







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