Name: Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
Running Time (minutes): 152
Description: 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 for battle with the First Order.
Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Okay, I’m late to the party, but only have had access to an audio-described copy for a few days, so finally watched it tonight.
I had such high hopes for this one, given the fact that I really liked The Force Awakens. Back then, it seemed like I was finally going to be able to enjoy this franchise (Revenge of the Sith being the only one I had truly liked). But this? Seriously? I honestly do not understand what all the critical praise is about and still don’t know whether I should think it was good-ish, okay or a travesty. Where to start? There are too many women in the movie. I have absolutely nothing against the opposite sex, but I’ve seen so many ladies playing ‘powerful’ characters recently that it’s become a little absurd. This is exactly why I hate that new diversity obsession: it only works when you treat it naturally, not by forcing it into every single film regardless of the plot. Having said that, I did like Rose a lot and hope to see more of her in Episode 9 (yes, I will still watch that one). On to other problems. There are too many battles. There are too many stupid characters (Holdo and especially Hux). Luke’s lessons with Rey are ridiculous. Wasn’t Yoda dead? Luke’s death makes no sense to me (and blimey, his voice has changed since Episode 6). I wanted more Maz. On the positive side, I found Kylo Ren quite a fascinating character, he just cried a little bit too often. And there were some good jokes throughout the whole thing.
And of course, the score was good. When the soundtrack came out four months ago, I was stupid enough to listen to the whole thing before having seen the movie, determined to experience that ‘this is a new Williams score and it’s absolutely great!’ feeling with everyone else at least once in my lifetime because I wanted to know what that was like and because I still don’t see him scoring Episode 9, sorry. That also meant I read way too many spoilers: Snoke torturing Rey and Luke dying, for instance, though luckily, I didn’t know how stupid that death scene was yet. I liked the first half of the album and hated the second half back then. Now I love the two new main themes (especially Rose’s) more than ever and will revisit the CD as soon as possible. Other highlights included the Canto Bight music and another French horn theme that I can’t give a name for the moment, but Luke and Rey’s theme were placed inappropriately at least twice. The recording sounded massive and gloriously clear and the end credits are way better than the awkward album medley, though, and just as I thought that the final moments of the previous credits suite were Williams’ personal farewell to the franchise, I’d like to think that this one contains the following musical message: Disney, what have you done?
The audio description was good, though a little too extensive. The describer sometimes was a little too passionate during uneventful scenes, but he did stay quiet during the whole credit sequence again (thanks for that). That also meant he announced Carrie Fisher’s title card too soon, but hey, I got ten minutes of Williams music.
And can they please stop making it impossible to rip the audio of these DVDs without glitches?