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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – the most divisive film ever?

“This movie is an absolute insult to all Star Wars fans.” “I’m going to go have a funeral for my childhood now.” “This is NOT the Star Wars movie you are looking for!” “This movie was AWESOME.” “I was on the edge of my seat, I laughed, I cried.” “I do understand the backlash, but I believe it’s wrong. This is a great movie.” As those fan reviews attest, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has split opinion. To put it mildly. The quotes are from user reviews on Rotten Tomatoes,…

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In “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Luke Skywalker Finally Becomes Cool

The film critic Pauline Kael, in her brief review of “Star Wars,” in 1977, wrote that George Lucas “has got the tone of bad movies down pat: you never catch the actors deliberately acting badly, they just seem to be bad actors.” Kael didn’t single out any of the young performers, but it’s safe to assume that her assessment included Mark Hamill, who played the hero Luke Skywalker. All the actors complained to Lucas about the stiff dialogue that he made them speak, but Hamill was especially ill-served in the…

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Will Gompertz reviews Star Wars: The Last Jedi ★★★★☆

Star Wars fans, relax. Rian Johnson, the writer-director of the latest instalment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has not ruined your Christmas with a turkey. His gift to you is a cracker, a blockbuster movie packed with invention, wit, and action galore. It starts with several bangs. General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson in full pantomime villain mode) is standing on the bridge of the First Order’s mighty intergalactic spacecraft watching the Resistance’s maverick top gun, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), cause havoc at close quarters. There are bombers, battles and banter a-plenty,…

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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Reviewed

There’s a scene in the middle of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” that’s so mysterious, inspired, rich in overtones, and tenuously attached to the movie surrounding it that it virtually shouts its presence as the writer and director Rian Johnson’s embedded showreel, his flourish of personal purpose and creative power amid the two and a half wearying hours that serve as its frame. It’s part of a sequence that takes place in a neo-medieval island hideout where Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has long been sulking (shades of Achilles in the…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has critics in raptures

“Rousing.” “Thrilling.” “Addictively bold.” Just a few of the superlatives the critics are using to describe the latest film in the Star Wars saga. The Last Jedi, writes the Telegraph’s reviewer, is “enormous fun” and “will leave fans beaming with surprise”. The LA Times agrees, calling it “the first flat-out terrific Star Wars movie since 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back”. Variety, though, swims against the tide, calling it “the longest and least essential chapter in the series”. Rian Johnson’s film, says Peter Debruge, is “ultimately a disappointment” that “gives in…

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