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|Originaltitel:||Star Wars: The last Jedi|
|Genre:||Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Fantasy|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 152 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
It's a good time to be a Star Wars fan. There will be a new movie every year for some time, there will be more and better merchandising and even a live action TV series is announced. Despite this ever-increasing range, which also includes novels and games, it is always a special experience when the Lucasfilm logo appears on the screen, followed by the words: "Once upon a time a long time ago in a far, far away galaxy…". It's an experience that fans are looking forward to for months on end, filled with expectations that will hopefully be fulfilled again this time.
Then it can happen that these expectations are too great to be fulfilled. Small things that might otherwise not even be noticed become real disruptive factors and everything that is not absolutely perfect may be criticized a little too much. Especially for real fans - and as such I would definitely call myself - it is difficult to maintain the necessary objectivity. And that's exactly the reason why I would call "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" a very good, sometimes even great "Star Wars" movie, but which leaves a strangely unsatisfactory feeling at some points.
The story isn't really profound. The First Order under their supreme leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) becomes more powerful and spreads more and more in the galaxy, while the New Republic is more and more repressed. Only a small group of rebels, led by Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), have been able to stand firm against Snoke and his troops so far - always hoping that Rey (Daisy Ridley) will succeed in finding Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and persuading him to join the battle and bring new hope to the galaxy. But time is running out, because the First Order is close on the heels of the few remaining ships of the New Republic. While Rey tries to lure the last Jedi out of his self-imposed isolation, Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) set out to implement a dangerous plan in order to escape Snoke and build up a new rebel alliance…
More should not be betrayed under any circumstances, because in the course of the film there are some small, but also big surprises that shouldn't be spoiled for any viewer. So I'd rather get straight to the point: Why does the movie sometimes leave a somewhat disappointing impression. J.J. Abrams was criticized by some fans for the fact that his film had too few ideas of its own to offer and in principle retells the story of the original trilogy. Even though this point of criticism is not entirely unfounded, at least in places, it is also the reason why "The Awakening of Power" was so successful: unlike the unloved prequels, Abrams has spread a warm blanket of nostalgia over the fans with his film and has given them exactly what they have longed for so many years.
Rian Johnson now has the somewhat more difficult task of satisfying the needs of the fans on the one hand and steering the whole thing in a new direction on the other. Even more than its predecessor, this film is a season handover to the next generation. Johnson tries a mixture of old and new and unfortunately doesn't always hit the right note. If he succeeds, it creates some great moments. Mark Hamill is simply great and even Carrie Fisher, who died a few months ago, delivers some really wonderful scenes. But not only the old houses, also the "newcomers" - especially Daisy Ridley as Rey and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren - play really well.
This helps to cover some dramaturgical weaknesses very well. But in some scenes neither the great effects nor the good actors help. Especially when it comes to humor, but also in a very emotional scene, the tone doesn't quite fit to what "Star Wars" is all about. To deepen this further would mean to have to betray too much - especially with regard to the emotional moment. That much can be said, though: These points of criticism catch the eye and perhaps also cloud the overall impression a little bit. But from an objective point of view they are not really serious and will certainly not disturb every fan.
It is also quite clear that the positive aspects are clearly in the majority. There are two or three scenes that can confidently be counted among the highlights of the entire series. And also the fact that Johnson succeeds perfectly in playing with the expectations of the fans, especially in two scenes, only to then take a completely unexpected direction, loosely compensates for the small weaknesses. If the very last, really unnecessary scene had been omitted, the actually perfect finale would have torn out many a thing. But with this short epilogue sequence, the viewer is once again reminded that the film hasn't quite become the masterpiece that many had hoped for. Nevertheless, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has become a celebration for fans.
And that's exactly why the bottom line is very clear: absolutely worth seeing! One can already be curious to see how J.J. Abrams will bring this trilogy to a close in two years! May the power be with him…
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