Rian Johnson

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi


Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

#action     #adventure     #sci-fi    



We got to see "Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi" just a couple days after it was premiered here in Belgium and I am happy to say it was miles better than the previous installment. In general I found the story to be both more solid and more original than "The Force Awakens" and I am glad they are starting to write some new stuff instead of dabbling in all that we have already seen. Aside from that I also feel like the further character development helps with connecting to them although I do think Kylo Ren is far from reaching it's desired potential. Furthermore, I am not sure the story writers are doing the best job at introducing new and replacing old cast. Lastly, I want to point out John Williams once again kills it with the soundtrack though this is not a surprise. In the end if you are already following the "Star Wars" saga "The Last Jedi" is a pretty solid follow-up and the sequels are getting better though they are not on par with the story and originality of the original 3 just yet.

#great 3.5


I've been a big fan of the "Star Wars" saga for as long as I can remember and thus it is no secret that "The Last Jedi" was one of my most anticipated movies of the year. The biggest gripe I - as did many others - had with "The Force Awakens" was the reuse of many story points from the original. This did not bother me as much but I can understand why others felt more strongly this way. Luckily, this is not the case with "The Last Jedi". The story is something more original while still staying true to what made "Star Wars" great in the first place. However, the storyline is not flawless. A few avoidable mistakes and a useless side story brought some of the arguably best moments in the entire saga down a bit. All the actors were as good as ever and we also had some much needed character development for the key characters. I for one really liked what they did with Kylo Ren. The director Rian Johnson also deserves praise for his flawless directing and use of practical effects. Everything looked absolutely gorgeous. Overall, I feel like all the open-minded fans and newcomers alike will find a lot of enjoyment in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi".

#superb 4.0


Following up one of the biggest movie franchises of all time is no easy task, but when we heard Rian Johnson was set to direct we expected a good movie and that is exactly what we got. Johnson crafted a beautiful piece of film with jawdropping locations, sets, particle effects and VFX. What's more, he also gave us a story which was more solid and more original than we got to see in the previous installment with just a couple of dips during an unnecessary sidestory and a few other flaws here and there. We also get to know more about the new characters and their backstory, which is essential to have any emptathy for the them. Kylo Ren definitely got a big boost and could even become the next Darth Vader if they keep that up in the last part of the trilogy. We do feel like the replacement of the old cast could have used a bit more care. As a closing note, we want to mention the killer score John Williams once again delivers. Overall "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is a strong entry in the Star Wars saga and a must see for every fan.

#superb 4.0