‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
Not too terribly long ago and definitely not in a galaxy far, far, away, I was an anxious little padawan, carefully sitting in my seat, with popcorn, awaiting the crawl for ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’ I could read by this time, and I was ready to read every one of those gold words. It was that anticipation that built that helped carefully create the memories I have of seeing these movies as a child. It was the special effects and interesting characters and story line that kept those memories alive.
Fast forward to a new time – a new trilogy for a new generation. When ‘The Force Awakens’ was released, I loved it, but not really. I waited almost a year before I let my Neurotic Disney Kid (NDK) see it. It was violent. It was tragic. I left the theater a bit uneasy and really had to digest all that I had taken in that afternoon. However, I was hopeful that more good would develop from these new faces and new places as the other two parts were released. I am happy to say that ‘The Last Jedi‘ will take you back to how you felt as a child and you will be counting down the days for the next part of the story!
Without spoilers, here are a few tips and things you should know when seeing ‘The Last Jedi‘
- Most Important: know that by seeing ‘The Last Jedi,’ you will be sitting on the edge of your seat for 2 hours and 32 minutes. This is the LONGEST Star Wars movie to date!
- Stay Put: Get your popcorn and drink before the movie starts. But pace yourself – you will not want to have to refill that popcorn or get out of your seat for any reason. This film is fast paced – just when you think a part may be dragging, as soon as you blink your eyes, something different will be going on!
- For Parents of Littles: There were actually two ‘colorful’ words I picked up in this movie. Although they were extremely minor, they are there. Violence level is on par with a Star Wars movie, but I didn’t feel that it was as heavy as previous movies. I would definitely say use your best judgement. The film is rated PG-13.
- Keep Your Eyes Open: So much is going on in this movie. If you are not paying attention, you will miss some detail. Places and such are not as carefully labeled as ‘The Force Awakens‘ was.
- Get Ready to Fall in Love: I am not referring to the porgs, although they kinda grow on you… Character depth is strengthened and you may even find yourself liking certain characters more than you did in the last movie! There are a few new eye-catching new ones, too!
- End Credits: This is a Star Wars movie – nothing special here. Although there is a tribute posted to Carrie Fisher.
In all, I highly recommend ‘The Last Jedi’ as a family movie. Maybe not toddler appropriate, but definitely for any Star Wars fan. Rian Johnson did a remarkable job in keeping the familiarity of what made the original trilogy special without mirroring. This is, without a doubt, shaping up to be a trilogy for the newest generation of Star Wars fans worthy of the legacy.
Go see ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ in theaters now!
In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers.