Actors: Carrie Fisher

Poster for the movie "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I enjoyed this movie. Despite running similar themes to Episodes V and VI, it managed to diverge sufficiently to add new elements into the Star Wars universe that gave it something fresh. New tech, new characters, new creatures. All good. Storywise, it was relatively predictable in its good vs evil progression with one or two good exceptions (I will say no more).

However, as with the blockbusters, I do find that the principal characters are somehow unassailable and survive explosions that turn everything else around them to cinders without a scratch. For example, Poe gets blown back through a door from the midst of an explosion on a rebel base that trashes the entire room and the people in it, only to bounce off the wall and sit up, dazed, covered in soot then carry on with the story. And Finn and Rose survive the explosion in a First Order hanger where every machine, ship and stormtrooper around is turned to toast and they get up covered in soot. And don’t get me started on Leia’s god-like abilities which seem more like a plot device to marvel at rather than have any consistency in their application. Enough of my grumbling!

Overall, not a great film in terms of mental stimulation, but a good movie in terms of entertainment and taking the Star Wars universe forward.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Saga Continues

20172 h 32 min

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

Director Rian Johnson
Runtime 2 h 32 min
Release Date 13 December 2017
Budget $200,000,000
Revenue $1,325,937,250
Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Loaned
Movie Rating Very good
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Laura Dern, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Amanda Lawrence, Joonas Suotamo, Anthony Daniels, Tim Rose, Mark Lewis Jones, Gwendoline Christie, Billie Lourd, Frank Oz, Dave Chapman, Brian Herring, Ben Schwartz, Bill Hader, Benicio del Toro, Adrian Edmondson, Lupita Nyong'o, Mike Quinn, Peter Mayhew, Jimmy Vee, Veronica Ngo, Justin Theroux, Lily Cole, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Warwick Davis, Gareth Edwards, Gary Barlow, Hermione Corfield, Noah Segan, Jamie Christopher, Griffin Hamill, Nathan Hamill, Chelsea Hamill, Paul Kasey, Kate Dickie, Ralph Ineson, Tom Kane, Kiran Shah, Crystal Clarke, Liang Yang, Bern Collaço, Joe Cornish, Andy Nyman, Navin Chowdhry, Shauna Macdonald, Edgar Wright, James Corden, James Corden, Ellie Goulding, Tom Hardy
Poster for the movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I’m on the fence about this one. It feels like a modern version of A New Hope (the first Star Wars film). It contains an almost identical through-line and very similar locations, yet wrapped in a continuity arc from the originals with descendants of the original characters. Some of it feels rushed, some paced just right. No idea why Snoke has to be so big though. And he looks too like Gollum for my liking (OK, same actor but CG folks!)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

20152 h 16 min

Thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, Han Solo and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and his army of Stormtroopers.

Director J.J. Abrams
Runtime 2 h 16 min
Release Date 15 December 2015
Movie Media Blu-ray
Movie Status
Movie Rating Good
Starring: Harrison Ford, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Max von Sydow, Mark Hamill, Gwendoline Christie, Joonas Suotamo, Simon Pegg, Kiran Shah, Ken Leung, Greg Grunberg, Billie Lourd, Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman, Brian Vernel, Tim Rose, Erik Bauersfeld, Mike Quinn, Bill Kipsang Rotich, Warwick Davis, Jessica Henwick, Anna Brewster, Cailey Fleming, Ian Whyte, Dave Chapman, Brian Herring, Bill Hader, Ben Schwartz, Kenny Baker, Jimmy Vee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kate Fleetwood, Emun Elliott, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Harriet Walter, Sebastian Armesto, Pip Torrens, Daniel Craig, Michael Giacchino, Nigel Godrich, Ewan McGregor, Frank Oz, Alec Guinness, Mark Stanley, Morgan Dameron, Gerald W. Abrams, Andrew Jack, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Christina Chong, Miltos Yerolemou, Amybeth Hargreaves, Leanne Best, Judah Friedlander, Kevin Smith, J.J. Abrams, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter, Tom Kane, Catherine Taber, Matthew Wood, Samuel Witwer, Meredith Salenger, James Arnold Taylor, Dave Filoni, Michael Donovan, Devon Libran, Elle Newlands, Terri Douglas, Robert Stambler, Verona Blue, TJ Falls, Michelle Rejwan, Eugene Byrd, Fred Tatasciore, David Collins, Amanda Foreman, Christopher Scarabosio, Patrick Correll, Karen Huie, Orly Schuchmacher, Emily Towers, Jonathan Dixon, Katie Sheridan, Mark Dodson, Christian Simpson, Liang Yang, David Acord, Rocky Marshall, Philicia Saunders, Jeffery Kissoon, Claudia Sermbezis, Jim McGrath, Tosin Cole, James McArdle, Stefan Grube, Dixie Arnold, Hannah John-Kamen, Sasha Frost, Victor McGuire, Saara Forsberg