Michael Rock: Star Wars The Last Jedi Disappoints
I clearly remember leaving the theater after watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens and wondering how the heck I was going to have to wait two full years for this story to continue. Last year's Star Wars: Rogue One was a terrific appetizer to what I thought was going to be the Thanksgiving feast. After seeing The Last Jedi last night, however, I left the theater a bit unsatisfied. You know when you go to a wedding and the food is "OK"...but you have to stop at McDonald's on the way home? Yeah...that kind of unsatisfied.
The Last Jedi was OK. It was a decent movie. It really was. I didn't hate it. It just wasn't the all you can eat lobster buffet I was anticipating. And that hurts...especially when you're wearing your lobster bib and you're armed with your nutcracker. I feel like I ate the claws of the lobster, but The Last Jedi never served the lobster tail.
Teases throughout the entire movie about Rey finding out the truth about her parents went unconsummated. Luke not being the Luke Skywalker that we wanted was frustrating, but understandable. The Last Jedi definitely dragged at times, particularly in the first half of the film.
Don't get me wrong, The Last Jedi definitely has some positives for Star Wars fans. Much like The Force Awakes, The Last Jedi serves up delicious nostalgia, of which life long fans can't get enough. The problem is that there just aren't as many of those moments as Episode 7. I'll admit that I felt a ping of emotion the first time Carrie Fischer appeared on screen. And "the" climax of the movie made me feel like a piece of my childhood was gone forever. These types of emotional, historical Star Wars moments are the ones that "make" the franchise. I just wish there were more of them in Episode 8.
It was also a nice surprise to see Yoda. He delivered my favorite line from the movie. I tweeted it as soon as I got out of the theater.
Out of the three movies released in the past three years, I'd rank The Last Jedi in last place. Certainly not as bad as the Clone Wars, but The Last Jedi was "meh".