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by John Andrew (subscribe)
I enjoy "fine dining", presenting programs on radios 4MBS, MBS Light and 4RPH and going to drama and music at Brisbane theatres.
Published December 16th 2017
The Force Returns

Is this really "The Last Jedi"? Was it really 1977 when we saw the first "Star Wars"? And has it (finally) run out of ideas and energy? It's a "yes" to the first and "no" to the second.

We meet Rey (Daisy Ridley), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and rebel leader Leia (Carrie Fisher) most indeed of the usual suspects. Familiar and new none disappoint. How sad that Fisher's actual death deprives us of her planned contribution to the next movie.

Some of the plot lines are not unfamiliar - yet more full-scale computer-game style battles on a wintry planet; more seemingly un-beatable space technology emanating from the Dark Side; more cute and not so cute space creatures (I want to adopt the Wookie's new friends); another elder Jedi mentoring a novice; another daring invasion of the Dark Side's space-craft; another light-sabre contest between light and dark ...

But in each of these episodes, all is not as it seems, and expectations are overturned by unexpected plot-twists. All of which makes two and a half hours pass with scarcely a passing wish that the editor had been a little more rigorous. The writers have not lost their capacity for suspense, spectacle and shock.

While trying to avoid spoilers, I liked how some relationships developed, and how we were given a deeper understanding of the way characters developed their loyalties to both darkness and light and to gradations between.

I found "The Last Jedi" the most substantive and the most engaging movie in the series for a very long time. I really liked this movie, and am amazed to find not only that it is admirably set up for a sequel, but that I'm looking forward to seeing it. Which, given that it was 1977 when all of this started, is amazing and admirable.

May the force be with them".
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