Harry Hamm

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We have very few “event” films anymore, movies so anticipated their arrival is such you could sell tickets for showings 24 hours a day. “Stars Wars: The Last Jedi” is one of those motion pictures.

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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” gets the hook in the audience quickly, with battle scenes and lots of hostility intrigue immediately. It’s an eyeful.

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The late Carrie Fisher appears in a role much bigger than many might expect since her untimely demise. Now she is General Leia (no longer just a Princess!) who is charged with combating the evil First Order under the command of Supreme Leader Snoke, played by Andy Serkis. Laura Dern appears as Vice-Admiral Holdo, in charge of taking over command when Fisher’s character is incapacitated. (A somewhat creepy story element when you consider what happened to Fisher in real life.)

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Daisy Ridley, a fixture on many talk shows in recent weeks, plays resistance fighter Rey who travels to a deserted island called Ahch-To in order to get aging, seemingly depressed Jedi master Luke Skywalker, portrayed once again by Mark Hamil, to come back into the fray and also straighten out his conflicted nephew Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver.

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This movie is very multi-cultural when compared to the earlier efforts. The cuteness factor is maintained by the return of R2-D2, C-3PO and of course, Chewbacca. Harrison Ford is nowhere to be found since he was killed in ‘The Force Awakens.’ Additionally, Ford has been quoted as saying he would rather not return to the series. We’ll see.

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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” bounces around its storyline universe in a fast and sometimes very obscure fashion. (You may need a scorecard.) At the end, the narrative is pretty much where it began. But you still get 2 hours and 33 minutes of fun in a galaxy far, far away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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