This review may contain spoilers.
I walked out of ‘The Last Jedi’ absolutely loving the movie, so I was kind of surprised to discover in the following days just how divisive the film was. As I read what seemed to be the biggest complaints about the film — most of which seemed to focus on things that were ignored from ‘The Force Awakens’ — I could see where the complainers were coming from. But I just couldn’t agree with them.
Was Rian Johnson essentially shitting all over JJ Abrams when he had Snoke just flat out murdered in the middle of this film? Or when he announced that after much speculation and mystery, Rey’s parents were just a couple of nobodies? Well, yeah, probably. But the thing was, THAT WAS GREAT. Star Wars stories don’t need to be built on the backs of great mysteries. In fact, the only real mystery in the original trilogy — the identity of Darth Vader — is only a mystery in hindsight. Literally no one left the theatre after the original Star Wars wondering if Darth Vader was really who Obi-Wan said he was.
So am I glad people can finally stop debating about who Rey’s parents are or who Supreme Commander Snoke actually is? Oh fuck yeah. Because none of that matters. The core of this story really does need to be between Rey and Kylo — the dark, the light, the grey.
Is ‘The Last Jedi’ a perfect movie? Well, no, obviously not. There are some sub plots that don’t make a lot of sense. But a movie doesn’t have to be perfect to be great. And ‘The Last Jedi’ is a great goddamn movie. And yeah, probably the best Star Wars movie yet.