When I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I said I wasn’t sure about Adam Driver as Kylo Ren. In my defence, I did also say that this might make more sense in future instalments.
And so it delights me no end to say that I was wrong, and that Adam Driver’s tormented soul is electrifying in every scene he is in. I loved him!
Actually I liked quite a lot about The Last Jedi. Mark Hamill is great as Grumpy Old Luke. The enthusiastic action hero of my (and his) youth has matured into a jaded, disillusioned hermit, but when his time comes to step up, he does what is required in spectacular fashion.
I’m also a fan of the number of women, and particularly older women, who got to do good stuff. Carrie Fisher is, of course, both heart-breaking and heart-warming to watch. Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose gets her moment, and Laura Dern is great – although I’m not sure about her character. She was great though. And then there’s Daisy Ridley. Her scenes with Grumpy Old Luke are fun but the conversations and action scenes she shares with Adam Driver are brilliant. That scene in the red room must be one of the best sequences in a Star Wars film ever.
Slight disappointments where Poe and Finn are concerned, in that their characters didn’t seem to get the opportunities that it looked like they would following The Force Awakens, and the fact that they were largely kept apart for the duration. Nor was I fan of whatever Benicio del Toro was doing.
I do also think that The Last Jedi could do to lose 20 minutes – I was more interested in the characters than the action so I did drift off a little during some of the aerial sequences.
But I liked what it did, I liked the worlds it presented to us, and I loved Kylo Ren. Thank you for that, Rian Johnson.