Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac
Direction & screenplay: Rian Johnson
Story: George Lucas
Producers: Kathleen Kennedy
Production company: Lucasfilm Ltd.
Music director: John Williams
Cinematographer: Steve Yedlin
Editor: Bob Ducsay
Release date: 15-12-2017
Censor certificate: UA
Run time: 2hrs, 31mins
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Thriller
Mark Hamill who’s said to be the Last Jedi trains Daisy Ridley in a far away island. While the Resistance fighters are in a war in the galaxy. What happens when Daisy Ridley finishes her training and returns to the galaxy to save her team forms the crux of the story.
George Lucas’s script is fascinating and has lot of substance in every scene. Director Rian Johnson has understood the value of the script, taste of the franchise’s fans and has worked very well accordingly. Certain ideas of his are great and just gives an awe feeling. Screenplay is entertaining with many attractive elements to keep the audience engaged, mainly first one hour that forms the strong base and last forty-five minutes which has splendid action are completely satisfying. Mark Hamill gets a powerful role and mighty characterization filled with twists. Carrie Fisher is damn good as the Resistance leader and gets a decent space as well. Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley have got equally balanced importance, their combination scenes are amazing. A Chinese girl in a supporting role has hit the limelight. John Williams is terrific in delivering the background score, he strikes gold both with the main theme and other compositions. Steve Yedlin’s cinematography is excellent, freezing the camera in a place and showing the action moments are exciting. Art direction and set work are truly topical, it enriches the film’s grandness to a huge extent. Stunt choreography is superior, the whole lot of action scenes are handled nicely by the team of experts. Unique sounds designed and mixed for the space vehicles, strange species are exceptional. Visual effects is stunning and every single frame is nothing short of a visual treat for the eyes. 3D experience is also quite decent, mostly when the space vehicles fly at high speed. The depth in the sub-plots are rocking, each and every scene in the first hour builds up tightly. There are many goosebumps scenes to scream our throat out. Unpredictable sequences that appear towards the finish-line are perfectly crafted. Climax packs a punch, also in such a bright way for the sequel.
Even though there is a strong reason behind Luke Skywalker refusing to help out Daisy Ridley initially, those portions felt like unnecessary drag. Dialogues are not bad but they were neither crazy nor on point at few places. John Boyega and Oscar Isaac had just small roles and they weren’t given proper space like in the prequel. Few complicated segments is shown in lighter way, hence the seriousness in those areas are absent. The Casino scene is very lengthy by just roaming around simply in the beginning, also the end of that particular scene was just not cool to convince. Comedy worked out only in bits, but sadly they’ve tried humor in much more places. Pace fuses down after a hour and travels at a moderate speed for like thirty minutes in the middle portions. Bob Ducsay’s editing could’ve been better as few inter-cuts he gave did not click in certain places, also the overall duration felt long.
Has few hurdles, yet a wholesome entertainer with rollicking script.
Movie Rating – 3/ 5.
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