Star Wars: The Last Jedi
It’s been a hot second since I’ve been to a midnight screening. The last midnight screening I went to was in 2011, so this was an exciting night. Once we’d got into the theatre I looked around to see how filled up the theatre was. Plenty of people, yet not packed to capacity. Whoever decided they didn’t want to see the movie that night missed out.
The movie began with the Lucasfilm logo that had people in the theatre applauding and yelling all sorts in excitement, but the real excitement began as soon as the John Williams composed theme flew from the speakers into our ears.
The NERDAGEDDON that had filled the theatre immediately got a little sweatier, and some… a little harder.
It appeared we all felt a bit of angst and anticipation. Mostly anticipation.
From the beginning of the movie, it’s action and tension. The movie begins exactly where we left off with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in 2015. There isn’t a moment from beginning through til the end that is worth missing – I would’ve preferred to pee in my pants than take a bathroom break with this one.
Everyone was at their best in this movie – Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley especially. If they were to receive Academy Award nominations I wouldn’t be surprised. Their performances were extraordinary. Another performance of a magnificent caliber was that of the iconic Carrie Fisher – it was made all the more poignant due to her passing in December of 2016. Fisher gets more screen time in this amazing movie and gives one of the best on-screen performances of her career. It leaves one feeling blue knowing that had Fisher lived to make the final of film of the new trilogy, she would have likely topped her performance in The Last Jedi.
I feel like even the slightest bit of detail regarding the plot would be enough to have you create misconceptions in your head about what you’ll see on the silver screen – so I won’t delve into the fine print of things.
The film begins with Rey on Ahch-To, the home of the first Jedi Temple, a Porg (think Puffins in space) infested place where the sacred Jedi texts are stored.
The Porgs, adorable, yet also off-putting considering the adorable elements of the film are usually pandering to the commercial side of things, reside on the island along with a giant loch-ness monster type creature that when one squeezes its nipples, milk squirts out. Luke Skywalker tends to go for loch-ness monster tit juice rather than the usual coffee pod that most of us would go for in the mornings.
Rey spends much of her time trying to convince the old and uninterested Luke Skywalker to be her teacher and to return to General Leia’s Rebel Base to help take down the First Order.
It is only when Luke Skywalker is reunited with R2D2 that he is convinced to help the Rebels in their fight to take down the First Order.
R2D2 plays the hologram of Princess Leia saying, ‘Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope’ which is what gets Luke to change his mind and help the Rebels.
There is much left to mind at the end of the film; Rey’s parentage, the fate of Leia, but mostly where the story will pick up from when we return to the cinema in 2019.
The Last Jedi