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Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Jonathan Olley/ Walt Disney Studios/ 2016 Lucas Film Ltd

Lucas Hit the Jackpot

Genre: Action
MPAA Rating: PG-13
for sequences of sci-fi action and violence.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Runtime: 152 minutes
Our Rating:
Directed by: Rian Johnson
Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill
Review by Diana Saenger

Over my 20 years and more as a syndicated film critic I have sat through many Star Wars movies. Most of the time I wasn’t impressed, but that’s part of my job. However, I did enjoy an invite to Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch where critics learned so much about the making of these films and all the work that George Lucas and his comrades put into making the movies.

I just saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi and was delighted and immersed in the entire film. Writers Lucas and Rian Johnson have a real winner here, also to Johnson’s direction. We have new characters, new adventures but also back are some of our favorites making us laugh or holding our breath if they will survive.

Luke Skywalker

Several people are out looking for the long- lost Luke Skywalker (expertly played by Mark Hamill). One is his son Kylo Ren (a determined Adam Driver) who wants revenge for things Luke has done. Of Course we can’t forget Leia (Carrie Fisher) who also wants to find Luke and sends the newest character Rey (Daisy Ridley) who also appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, to look for him.

BB8, Ridley, Boyegar

Then there’s’ Finn (John Boyega, recently in Detroit), Poe (Oscar Isaac) Dj (Benicio del Toro) and a few other characters who add more drama to the film by unlocking mysteries of the past. The regular animals and robots are present and seem to have bigger roles and more personality than before. It’s sad to see Carrie Fisher knowing she will not return, but she has been so creative in this film and many others. We will miss her.


The cinematography by Steve Yedlin is incredible. And John Williams’ score is perfect. It’s exciting, keeps the action going but didn’t blast our so loud that I needed ear plugs. Thank You John Williams. Production by Rick Henrichs made me feel like I was right there in the film watching it live.

It took hundreds of talented people to complete this film, but with good comments coming out like bees, great action and adventure it will have a big pay-off. Those who like the Star Wars movies should not miss this film nor should those who have not yet tired one. You won’t be disappointed.

Recommended Audience:
Fans of this franchise and those who like excitement.