It would be fair to say that I’m not a big fan of Star Wars in the sense that I go crazy to watch it when a new one comes out or that I could ever re-watch the films over and over again. I never wanted to be Princess Leia or play with light sabers when I was a kid (although I did have a small crush on Han Solo, I mean come on…Harrison Ford was gorgeous back in the day) but I do appreciate the work that goes into making one and as my son and husband are fans of the movie franchise then it was inevitable that we ventured to the cinema at some point to watch the new release.
So on Sunday last weekend we visited www.lightcinema.co.uk/walsall and chose an early showing of 10.05am for us to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I watched the last film (The Force Awakens) in the cinema and I would be lying if I said that I hadn’t been moved by the story. Not only did my heart beat fast in the fight scenes but I also cried when Han Solo was bested and killed by his own son. And I eagerly watched to see if there was any type of connection between the heroine Rey and the old relic that was Luke Skywalker. So a part of me really did, secretly want to watch the next instalment.
I found myself enjoying the film from the very beginning. From the ever familiar scrolling text at the beginning which gives you an update on where we are with the stories to the friendships and possible romances that were blossoming. I am a big romantic at heart so I love to see a hint of a romantic connection in near enough all films that I watch, so I lapped up the cute relationship between Finn and Rose. They’re onscreen chemistry was really believable, although part of me was routing for Finn and Rey too! But I now see that they have a relationship that was much like Luke’s and Leia’s, more like best friends/brother and sister. And with me hunting for romance everywhere, I even pictured Rey and Poe together at the end. Whilst we are on the subject, Poe is very attractive!
As with all Star Wars films there was a nice mix of violence and fight scenes with just the right amount of jokes and funny scenes. Especially between Chewbacca and these furry balls of fun, Porg’s.
They made some of the funniest scenes in the film.
The story showed us a weird connection between Rey and Kylo Ren. Through a link which was created by Snoke, his very ugly, taller than tall boss, they were able to communicate in a way that they couldn’t with anyone else. With Rey being afraid of her powers and continually worrying that she was going to be pulled over to the dark side, she thought that her way back was to convince Kylo Ren that he could be saved from the bad side. I believed her and I wanted her to save him. I wanted him to reach out and admit that he wasn’t going into the dark and although it was wrong what he did to his father, I hoped he could be reunited with his mother, Leia. But as with most Star Wars films, it doesn’t give you what you want, so I watched as battles were fought and characters were lost.
The entire story had me engrossed from the beginning, I watched expectantly as relationships were created and I quietly hoped that Kylo Ren, with his heartbreaking eyes would see the error of his ways. I watched as Finn risked his life, again…and cried as the sweet R2 D2 showed Luke a clip of a young Leia to convince him to help the fight.
Whilst we are on the subject of the amazing actress that brought life to Princess Leia, I shed a few tears as I thought about Carrie Fisher’s loss from any future films. Her presence in the film was a huge impact for Star Wars fans worldwide. For many she was the fancy of many teenage boys when the first instalments came out in the 1980’s. Anybody who loves Star Wars knows that she was well known for her role as the heroine of the film.
I would love to talk about everything that happened in the film but I would hate to ruin it for people. One of the best things about watching a film, especially in the cinema is being shocked when something unexpected happens. I am a big believer that any film is enjoyable when watched at the cinema. I love the excitement of it and the fact that the experience is so much more amplified – with comfortable seating, air conditioning, surround sound and the big screen. There is nothing better than the cinema experience.
I would say that this film is fantastic! Like I previously said, I am not a big fan but even I enjoyed watching it. I have a little bit of a soft spot for Kylo Ren and really hope that we see him come back from the darkness. I love Rey too, she is the epitome of female empowerment. She is both sassy but kind. She has a good heart even if she worries about the darkness which keeps on calling her.
I would highly recommend people going to see this film. I give it 5 out of 5! And from a non Star Wars fan, that’s a good thing! That’s how good it is!
I will admit though that I do like some of the merchandise stuff, like mini R2 D2’s and I once had mini Jar Jar Binks figure which I liked. Although my husband would tell me not to admit that.
Anyway, that’s all for now.