Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
2017
***½
Director: Rian Johnson
Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro

While Rey hopes to convince Luke Skywalker to join the fight for good, she discovers a Force connection to Kylo Ren. In the meanwhile, Finn and Poe attempt to stop the First Order from tracking the last fleeing Resistance vessels. If J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens was an entertaining but derivative reboot, Rian Johnson’s follow-up offers so many surprises that it upset thousands of hard core Star Wars fans across the world. His movie is definitely too long, but it provides an impressive mix of character development and stunning set pieces. Like The Empire Strikes Back, this is the dark middle part of the trilogy and one of the better episodes in the entire series. The third trilogy concludes in The Rise of Skywalker.