Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a good sequel to the franchise. The previous one Star Wars: The Force Awakens was not so much – though we could understand why Disney had to do it that way – which was to introduce new characters (Ray, Finn, Poe and BB-8) who can act as a bridge and take forward the franchise after Luke, Han Solo and Princess Leia.
The momentum picks up with “The Last Jedi”, where we see seeds planted for new ideas which we will see as the Resistants forced to reinvent itself. We understand the background of Kylo Ren and what led to Luke to live in isolation at Ahch-To. We can expect to see how the force manifests itself in future films. Avoiding any spoilers I liked the portion where two ideas were shown – when Finn and Rose go to the gambling planet “Canto Bight” – we hear that weapons selling to the first order to be the source of money that is being lavishly spent there and children being used as jockeys for racing – analogous to how rich countries are selling weapons to developing countries and kid jockeys used in the middle east as camel jockeys.
Overall, though not comparable to the brilliance of the original trilogy, The Last Jedi is something that has made me anticipate the next one.
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