The Feels Are Strong with this One: I Just finished watching the Last Jedi

 

Ok, so wow.  Even though I am posting this post long since the release of the movie, I saw it opening weekend.  I know I won’t be able to contain myself from talking about some pretty big spoilers that caused some pretty massive feels and I didn’t want to be that blog which automatically started writing about said spoilers, so I waited.  

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Seriously if you are still reading at this point and write to me saying how awful of a human I am because I included spoilers, I will feel zero guilt because you have been warned. 

If you have watched Star Wars, then you are well aware of some of the feels I will probably be mentioning, but for now, lets start at the real heartache - Luke Skywalkers death.  Ummm...what?  Why?  Even though I understand the necessity, I still wasn’t ready.  I mean, we just got him back.  First Han, now Luke and I can only assume that sadly, most likely, inevitably Leia will be the next in episode nine.  That being said, he death was beautiful.  I love that he got to say goodbye and sorry to Leia showing another beautifully tender moment between the brother and sister.  Also how bad ass was it to see him in action again, even if it was just a mental projection?  I also appreciated that his death didn’t feel like he was being ripped away from us as if someone had killed him (much like Han) but instead he was at peace.  He had made the amends he wanted, said what he needed to say and essentially sacrificed himself for the good of the Jedi because he will NOT be the last Jedi. 

I also really loved how the writers aged Luke as a character.  He wasn’t a remake of Obi-Wan to Rey, and he wasn’t the same old Luke either.  He was older, wiser, more jaded and along the way gained an ironic sense of humor that was on par with my sense of humor.  His bit about Jakku when asking where Rey was from had me laughing from the gut and not only was it great to see how Luke had aged, it was a treat to see them inject what I would imagine Mark Hamill's real personality is like into his character.  With this movie, it no longer feels like this fantastic character that George Lucas created but now a genuine collaboration between him and Hamill himself, who, let's face it, totally deserves some say in the character he was lived a lifetime with.  

Speaking of death related feels - Holdo,  I hardly knew you, but I loved you.  There was concern she could have been bad news, but she ended up being amazing and gone way too soon.  No fair.  Speaking of gone too soon - PHASMA?!!?!  If Phasma is gone, I will flip this desk.  See - I told you lots of feels.  Sidenote -  do yourself a favor and go listen to the audiobook novel “Phasma.” You won’t be disappointed.  

Not all of the movie was about heartache however...can I get an AMEN to Rey and Kylo fighting side by side?!?!?!  I don’t care who you are or what you know about Star Wars if you were watching that scene you were just sucked into a vortex of bad ass coolness that will go down in history and herstory.

  Also, did someone turn up the heat in the theater or was it all of the sexual tension between Kylo and Rey?  Look, I don’t typically ship characters, and those two would be the last on my list even remotely to think about shipping, but you can not tell me that there wasn’t some pent-up frustration behind those two.  Maybe it was just Adam Driver with his shirt off (who will never live that scene down), but I don’t think it was.  Their fight scene and watching a faint glimmer of Ben Solo reveal himself just long enough to chop Snoke in half and fight with Rey was probably my favorite scene. That is until he reverted to his roots and started acting like a damn fool again.  I had a pretty strong sense of deja vu when he held his hand out to Rey and asked her to join him in ruling the world *cough- episode three with Anakin and Padme-cough*  It just goes to show, he is who he is.  I don’t really have much hope from Ben Solo anymore after this and fully accept him as his awful Kylo Ren-Vader/Anakin-temper tantrum throwing self that he is.  Perhaps slightly begrudgingly but I accept it.  

As much as I loved the movie, there were a few things that I just couldn’t get behind, aka, the Finn-Rose romance that is budding.  I'm going to fangirl rant for a second, but like CMON GUYS it felt way out of left field and totally forced.  Like, they met all of  18 hours ago, if that, and now she's in love with him?  Good on Rose for going after what she wants but I’m having a hard time swallowing it.  It felt forced and spur of the moment.  It seemed as if it was a way to distract from the potential love between Finn and Rey which was an unnecessary branch of the plot because at the end of the day, do we expect Rey to be with anyone when she is this strong bad ass woman that she is?  I eventually could see her needing that connection SOMEDAY especially given the let down that was her parent's background (another thing that irked me - WHY SUCH THE HUGE BUILD UP FOR THAT?!?!), but I could have lived without that romance.  I could honestly keep going about all the reasons why that felt like a waste of screen time and APART from the romance, I do like Rose, and I love Finn.  I could even see myself loving Rose at some point but why now?  Why THIS movie did this have to start?  I understand they were trying to establish a point about the love that unites the rebellion but they have so many other characters with already established relationships of depth *cough-Poe and Finn-cough* I just have a hard time accepting this Rose and Finn debacle.  I hope they have something planned for episode 9 because as of right now, I am not a fan of where this is going.

Speaking of Poe, what a man.  What a manly-man that is so manly (and delicious).  I genuinely love the set up I see for this character going.  In fact, it is my favorite part of the movie.  Poe has quickly slingshot his way to be one of my favorite characters in Star Wars, not just for the comedic relief that he offers or his dashing good looks but the growth and bonds we see him make with all of the other characters he encounters shows the real strength of the rebel scum and is strongly reminiscent of one of my other favorite all time character, Leia. 

If you have read beyond the movie, you would know that actors Carrie Fisher and Oscar Isaac had a unique and beautiful bond in real life, and I think it is entirely appropriate that he is the one to follow in her footsteps, especially knowing we are most likely going to lose Leia soon now that we have lost the real-life treasure, Carrie Fisher.  This movie was filled with lasting life lessons for Poe that matured him in 18 hours more than anyone.  Experiences that included being shot by Leia after trying to stage a mutiny and learning to have some faith in the unexpected  And even though I have been avoiding bringing her up because it hurts so much, seeing Leia/Fisher on screen sparked some heavy duty feels.  I can only hope I am right and that Poe will continue on the legacy of leadership that Leia started.

I know a lot of people out there can’t stand this movie and think it is the worst in the franchise but nothing will ever be worse than Anakin stealing Padmes food off her plate to me in episode 2 so all the naysayers can suck it, it being a proverbial lightsaber.  In all seriousness, these movies ARE a form of art and art is subjective, so everyone is entitled to their own opinions, as evident as the mass petition to have the film removed from the official canon.  I think in any situation, movie or not movie when dealing with something we view as a negative it is important to at least look for the slivers of positive.  Whether you loved or hated it, I want to know!  Please share in the comments what your thoughts on the newest addition to the Star Wars movie franchise are.