REVIEW: Star Wars presents a bold franchise vision

The Disney acquisition of the Star Wars franchise has introduced a whole new generation to the sci-fi classics.

Newly-made films The Force Awakens and Rogue One have reinvigorated the love and passion that has been burning inside cinephiles since the original in 1977.

Though The Force Awakens may have caused a mass hysteria around this enduring franchise, the sequel makes it feel like little more than a well-drawn prelude to this main event film.

Yes, The Last Jedi is so good, it surpasses every Star Wars back to The Empire Strikes Back, and has the most engrossing screenplay since the original.

Director Rian Johnson delves into morality and the dark side of the force with more depth than ever before, and for the first time in years, the cast involved lift the film up.

Mark Hamill gives his best performance ever as an aged Luke Skywalker, and the film serves as a deserving tribute to the fierce, late Carrie Fisher.

Young stars Daisy Ridley, Johnny Boyega and the more-seasoned Oscar Isaac are all entertaining and fit into the Star Wars universe perfectly.

But it’s Adam Driver — as the villainous Kylo Ren — who truly dazzles. He’s an absolute star, and the film is all the better due to his involvement.

This is no doubt the most controversial film in the Star Wars canon, but for my part, I thought it was a dazzling spectacle that packed one hell of an emotional wallop.

The force truly is with this iteration.

4.5/5 Stars

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