Without question, Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi is proving to be divisive. Several audience members are praising the film for tearing down preconceived notions of what a Star Wars sequel can (and should) be. At the same time, others are taking issues with some of Johnson's bold decisions, asking if a Star Wars movie really IS a Star Wars movie if it acts like something entirely different.

Sure enough, we polled the staff at CinemaBlend and asked them what they thought of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The replies were... well, they were all over the board. Here, then, are a few quick takes on The Last Jedi. With whom do you side in this perpetual battle of Light versus Darkness?

The Last Jedi Changes Everything We Thought We Knew About Star Wars, And That's Exciting

I have been a massive Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember but I have never had an experience watching a Star Wars movie like I did watching The Last Jedi. The film takes so many risks, and I loved every single one of them. Every time the movie has an opportunity to take the safe path, it diverges. The small band that needs to complete a mission to save the larger fleet? They fail. The one who has succumbed to the dark side who might still have good in him? Not so much. The heroic return of the missing hero who saves the day? Well, yeah, but... Everything about The Last Jedi subverts expectations, but in a way that still feels like Star Wars is growing. It means we need to open our minds to new possibilities within the world of Star Wars, and that's exciting for the future, making this movie a turning point in the franchise.
-- Dirk Libbey

4 stars

I Get What The Last Jedi Did, But It Was Still Kind Of Boring

There's a lot of chatter in the days following Star Wars: The Last Jedi that if you didn't like it, you didn't understand it. I reject that notion. I see, with total clarity, what Rian Johnson was trying to do with his movie. Every time you expect the movie to zig, it zags. Each time it establishes an invisible goal, something punts the films away in a different (mis)direction -- by design. Assumedly, this is meant to keep Star Wars faithful on their heels, second-guessing what might be coming an ultimately being very surprised with the results. And this happens. But during the execution of said rug-pulls, I found myself losing interest in the sheer amount of running in place that the movie does. The detour to Canto Bight to find a code breaker? Frivolous. The First Order waiting for the Rebel ships to run out of gas? Tedious. Luke's disgruntled-trainer routine? Irksome. It's true that The Last Jedi was not the movie I expected. That's fine. But it failed to entertain me. And I think a Star Wars movie should at least manage that. No?
-- Sean O'Connell

3 stars

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