Star Wars The Last Jedi DVD Reviewed By Jon E Clist

The Premise
Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.

The Review
The reviews are flying in for Star Wars the Last Jedi and people are loving it. I am one of those people, in fact, really loved it. It was everything a Star Wars film should be and more. It has the action, the emotion, the triumph, the loss, the good times and the bad times. As with the whole concept of balancing the Force, a great Star Wars film covers both sides; the light and the dark.

While there are plenty of moments of great humour and some are so much more deliberate than in previous Star Wars outings, there is also much to emotionally move you with sad tones. While the loss of Han Solo in The Force Awakens, was a massive loss and heart-wrenching, there is a whole undertone of loss in The Last Jedi with the knowledge that in real life Carrie Fisher is gone and hence we are seeing the last film that she made. Princess Leia is a character that we have loved for decades and is one of the first super strong female leads in the world of cinema. She has been the poster child for witty, strong and yet beautiful women in our movies. So, every time she is on screen you can feel the need to savor her performance and hold on to her smile and presence.

Of course, there is also the loss of the principal actor behind R2D2. I know that this is a droid who will be able to carry on without him being involved but the knowledge of this is another one of those small ends to my childhood memories. On small side note, C3PO and R2D2 are the only characters that have featured in all 9 of the Star Wars films. (8 main films and Rogue One) This is the first film in the series in which Kenny Baker was not involved in the portrayal of R2-D2. Jimmy Vee was given the job, shortly before Baker's death.

While there have been many media reports of Mark Hamill’s unhappy thoughts about the direction of Luke Skywalker, it is reported that he told Rian Johnson after reading the script for the film, "I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you've made for this character [Luke Skywalker]. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you've created and do my best to realize your vision".

Anyway, all the chat of behind the scenes and such aside, this is one of those films that I could happily watch over and over again, knowing that there will be things I didn’t notice during the first watch but the cinematic journey that you are taken on is fun, interesting, moving and just plain brilliant. I really do think that director, Rian Johnson has done a brilliant job of capturing the essence of Star Wars and yet adding to the flavour in delightfully subtle ways through a solid script and spectacular storyline.

The Verdict
For me, a near perfect Star Wars film and I have heard a few others say their favourite of the Star Wars films. While I wouldn’t quite go that far I certainly put it up there as a stack load of fun, moving emotional moments and Star Wars to the core!

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 28th March 2018
Rating: M - Contains violence
Duration: 152 minutes 
Genre:  Sci-Fi
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill
Director: Rian Johnson (Looper)

The Extras

Carrie Fisher was also a well-known writer, whose services were often called upon to act as script doctor for other films. She later began declining such assignments when producers would solicit her story ideas, then hire someone else to actually change the script, and use her ideas without paying her. However, Rian Johnson revealed that Fisher helped with the writing of the script for this film.

Benicio Del Toro was announced to be playing a villain in the film. He was previously cast as Darth Maul, the primary antagonist of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), but dropped out after George Lucas removed most of Maul's lines from the script.

None of Carrie Fisher's scenes in the movie are cut out.

The original release date was May 26, 2017. However, in January of 2016, the film's release was rescheduled for December 15, 2017, based on how successful Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) was releasing in December.

It was confirmed in 2016 that John Williams would compose the music for Episode VIII. This will be the eighth Star Wars film he composes.

Kelly Marie Tran didn't tell anyone that she was doing the movie and lied that she was doing an indie movie in Canada. At one point, she actually got some maple syrup to bring back to her parents, so they actually thought she was in Canada.

Carrie Fisher's final film due to her death in December 2016.

Early filming took place with Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley on Skellig Michael off the coast of County Kerry, Ireland, in late September 2015. On February 15, 2016, LucasFilm posted a short production-announcement video, which included some footage and behind-the-scenes shots, and which picks up immediately after the final scene of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). Main photography was scheduled to begin in early January 2016, but was delayed a month reportedly due to script revisions, and began on February 15.

On the final poster, all characters are placed to subtly form the pattern of Darth Vader's mask.

The film will be released over 40 years after Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and will mark the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars film franchise.

Lawrence Kasdan initially wrote a story outline for the film, but was called away to work on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) when problems arose with that film's initial script. When Rian Johnson signed on as director he requested to be allowed to scrap Kasdan's story and write his own script from scratch, which the producers consented to, as Kasdan's outline no longer matched up with the finished storyline of the previous film.