The Last Jedi Fails in Comparison to Other Star Wars Films

Jacob Mauren, Contributing Reporter

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It is almost there, you can nearly see it; you want it, but it’s just out of reach. That is the feeling you’re supposed to get from Star Wars movies, the chills, the fear, the triumph. The Last Jedi fails in comparison to the rest of the classic Star Wars movies. Forced conflict, a “soft” feel, and a plot that feels cheap and weak are all issues that plague the second movie in Disney’s revival of the Star Wars franchise and they leave many wondering if it was even worth it to make new movies.

Problems with this movie start within the first few minutes of the classic scroll. Poe Dameron, who in the previous movie was established as a bada$$, starts off making a mom-joke. It feels childish and ridiculous, and also makes it crystal clear that Star Wars movies are now Disney movies. That softness is brought back in another form later, when the film seemingly brings General Leia back from the dead. After giving her an emotional and symbolic death, the viewer sees her body floating through space. It is gut-wrenching to watch because the beloved actress who played her recently passed. Suddenly, however, the character starts flying through space back to her ship. It’s bizarre and shows that death is no longer final in this film. This goes against just about every other film in the series. In the first movie, Obi-Wan sees his master cut in half. In the third movie, Anakin/Darth Vader kills the love of his life in a fit of rage and Luke sees his master cut down before his eyes. While force ghosts may exist in the Star Wars universe, physical death is supposed to be gut-wrenching and final.

The biggest complaint you will hear about this franchise film, however, is the forced conflict. This also starts with the first few minutes. In the film’s initial battle, the First Order destroys a base that they just saw emptied rather than destroying the ship sitting right in front of them that now contains the entire resistance. This is minor in comparison to the ultimate piece of lazy writing that was the core conflict. Once Leia is incapacitated, Vice Admiral Holdo takes over and sends the ship running from the First Order, seemingly in the middle of space. But wait, she has some sEcreT pLan to somehow save them, but she can’t tell anybody, even though they are all on the same ship going to the same place and tied to the same fate. This secret causes great conflict, but audience members later find out that the secret was very small and that there was zero point in keeping it from the rest of the ship. This makes the entire middle of the movie totally pointless and just time filler. If you can take an entire subplot out of a movie and still come up with the same result, you have a badly written movie. Disney definitely misses the mark on this film. Save your money.