Blake Crane reviews “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” for Film Pulse


Two years ago, The Force was awakened, ushering in a new era for one of the most iconic film franchises of all time. If the rousing seventh Star Wars Episode followed the New Hope template somewhat transparently at times, it also skillfully balanced prologue with present and set the table for what was to come.

The miracle of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is its rejection of series formality. Writer/director Rian Johnson manages to honor mythology while also having fun disrupting it, leading to some refreshing swerves and genuinely humorous, smooth subversions that dovetail with the gorgeously rendered space and land battles.


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