Star Wars: The Last Jedi is surprisingly entertaining fare.
One would think that after 40 years and 8 movies, a franchise would have run its course, but Star Wars: The Last Jedi proves that the franchise is alive and kicking, not to mention still having the withal to tell a story and tell it well.
To my mind, the original trilogy is still the greatest. The prequel trilogy also delivered and did not take away from the Star Wars mythos.
I wasn’t however entirely sold on the 3rd and new trilogy and while I did enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I did reserve judgment on how the franchise would progress, or seemingly be the reason for its demise. Also, while I did enjoy Rogue One: A Star Wars Story I wasn’t entirely sold on the idea of a Star Wars sub-genre or even the seemingly now coming origin stories of all its heroes like Solo: A Star Wars Story. To me, these seem to be a brazen attempt to milk the Star Wars franchise for all it’s worth.
But coming to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it did deliver for me. The story did not meander too much, though I would have eliminated a couple of unwanted characters. The performances were uniformly good, as were the action sequences, and of course the SFX and the audio kicked into high gear on the home theater.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi sets things up nicely for the final part of this new trilogy, definitely looking forward to it.