So finally Noshi and me saw the latest instalment in the Star Wars saga.
Now, the comments I read about it told me it was like the previous film: a rehearsal of the Empire Strikes Back this time. Well, it isn`t... it`s worse.
Plot (from Wikipedia)
Resistance forces, led by General Leia Organa, flee D'Qar when a First Order fleet arrives. Poe Dameron leads a costly counterattack that destroys a First Order dreadnought, but after the Resistance escapes to hyperspace, the First Order tracks them and attacks the Resistance convoy. Kylo Ren, Leia's son, hesitates to fire on the lead Resistance ship after sensing his mother's presence, but his TIE fighter wingmen destroy the bridge, incapacitating Leia. Disapproving of new leader Vice Admiral Holdo's passive strategy, Poe helps Finn, BB-8, and mechanic Rose Tico embark on a secret mission to disable the tracking device.
Meanwhile, Rey arrives on Ahch-To with Chewbacca and R2-D2 aboard the Millennium Falcon to recruit Luke Skywalker to the Resistance. Disillusioned by his failure to train Kylo as a Jedi, and under self-imposed exile from the Force, Luke refuses to help—even after he learns of Han Solo's
death at Kylo's hands—and believes that the Jedi should become extinct.
Unbeknownst to Luke, Rey and Kylo communicate through the Force,
puzzling the two enemies. As the rival Force users learn about each
other, each has future visions of themselves as partners.
R2-D2 persuades Luke to train Rey. After Kylo tells Rey about what
happened between him and Luke that caused him to choose the dark side of
the Force, Luke confesses that he momentarily contemplated killing Kylo
upon sensing that Supreme Leader Snoke
was corrupting him, causing Kylo to destroy Luke's new Jedi Order in
retaliation. Convinced that Kylo can be redeemed, Rey leaves Ahch-To to
confront Kylo without Luke. Luke prepares to burn down the Ahch-To Jedi
temple and library, but hesitates. Yoda's ghost appears and destroys the temple by summoning a thunderstorm, claiming Rey has all she needs to learn, and encourages Luke to learn from his failure.
Holdo reveals her plan to discreetly evacuate the remaining
Resistance members using small transports. Believing her actions
cowardly and risky, Poe leads a mutiny. Finn, Rose, and BB-8 travel to
the Canto Bight casino and acquire the help of the hacker DJ, who says he can help them disable the tracking device. They infiltrate Snoke's ship, but all but BB-8 are captured by Captain Phasma.
Meanwhile, Rey lands on the ship, and Kylo brings her to Snoke, who
reveals that he facilitated the mental connection between her and Kylo
as part of a plan to destroy Luke. Ordered to kill Rey, Kylo instead
kills Snoke and, with Rey, defeats Snoke's guards. Rey believes that
Kylo has returned to the light side of the Force, but he instead invites
her to rule the galaxy with him, which she refuses. They use the Force
to fight for possession of Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber, which splits in two.
Leia recovers and stuns Poe, allowing the evacuation to begin. Holdo
remains on the ship to mislead Snoke's fleet as the others flee to an
abandoned Rebel Alliance base on Crait.
DJ reveals the Resistance's plan to the First Order, and the evacuation
transports are slowly destroyed. Holdo sacrifices herself by ramming
Snoke's fleet at lightspeed; Rey escapes in the chaos, while Kylo
declares himself Supreme Leader. BB-8 frees Finn and Rose, who escape
after defeating Phasma, and they join survivors on Crait. When the First
Order arrives, Poe, Finn, and Rose attack with old speeders. Rey and
Chewbacca draw the TIE fighters away with the Falcon, while Rose stops Finn from completing a suicide run against the enemy siege cannon, which penetrates the Resistance fortress.
Luke appears and confronts the First Order to enable surviving
Resistance members to escape. Kylo orders the First Order's forces to
fire on Luke to no effect. He then engages Luke in a lightsaber duel;
upon striking Luke, Kylo realizes he has been fighting a Force
projection of him. Rey uses the Force to help the Resistance escape on
the Falcon. Luke, exhausted, dies peacefully on Ahch-To. His
death is sensed by Rey and Leia, but Leia tells surviving rebels that
the Resistance has all it needs to rise again. At Canto Bight, one of
the children who helped Finn and Rose escape grabs a broom with the
Force and gazes into space.
What I liked about it
Well, not much actually... this was indeed the Empire all over again (speeder fight, training on a desolate planet with a dark side cave on it, a selfmade man turns traitor for a best deal, ...) with the finale of the Return of the Jedi (the council chamber fight...)
* The humour was good, with the space penguins playing a nice part in it together with BB-8
* The Snoke cut up sequence was unexpected
* The filmatography of the rebel cruiser crashing into the First Order vessel
* The whole Luke at the end sequence
But unfortunatly, counting that all together, I liked about 15 minutes of the whole 2.5 hours of film...
What I didn`t like about it
Well, a lot. And not only the fact it`s a mix up of Empire and Return with barely anything original.
* The bombers: open bay doors but no decompression without a force field in place? And really, why are they so slow, the old B-Wings and Y-Wings did a far better job...
* The non-development of who Snoke was
* The overhyped Phasma, who had two movies and 10 minutes screen time it seems...
* The fact it has to rely on jokes instead of good movie making.
* Leia`s Force pull... she should have been cooked in space by then... get your science right.
Now, this all makes it pretty predictable what will happen in the final movie of this trilogy, mark my words.
Rey is going to try and turn Kylo again. She gets beaten around, but he then realises his errors of his ways. Hux steps in and takes over the command of the First Order, and will prepare the weapon of doom plot from that movie to wipe out Rey and the Rebellion. Kylo sacrifices himself to stop it all. the end.
No, I`m not looking forward to the overinflux of Star Wars, with stand alone movies, a series coming up... Disney is doing a good job of running it into the ground by overexposure for sure...
Rebased at Tel-el-Kebir. Sort of.
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