- 15 Dec 17
Latest Star Wars instalment stalls, despite spectacular visuals.
ome on now. You didn’t really believe that Luke Skywalker was actually the last Jedi, now did you?
Though he apparently wants this to be the case. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans saw the franchise’s iconic characters Luke, Leia and Hans take a step back from the action – not because they were weaker, but because their aims and means were different now. Playing the hero is a young person’s game. They’ve paid their dues. They’re on hero status maintenance now; the action load is lighter. In the case of Leia and Hans, their new roles were that of leaders; both military and morale. In The Force Awakens, it was their job to guide the new generation of Resistance fighters, and to teach them what they needed to know in order to prevent the First Order from taking over the galaxy.
But in The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson’s instalment of the epic space opera franchise, Luke has lost hope that the kids will be alright – and is questioning whether the Jedi were ever alright either. Having isolated himself on the remote planet Ahch-To (aka Skellig Michael, looking worthily mystic), he has nevertheless seen tracked down by the passionate and Force-ful Rey, who is convinced that only he can save the Resistance. When he refuses, she asks him to instead train her – but Luke is fearful by the power he sees in her, having already lost a young protégée to the dark side.