Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Rian Johnson’s entry to the franchise meanders a bit, thanks to a split narrative that creates many storylines, introduces many characters and yet somehow manages to keep the stakes low for most of the time, what makes the pace drag a tad; it’s when that course is reverted that the film regains its energy. The grand matinée adventure origins are not hidden; in spite of some dark overtones on the story, there are plenty of light humor moments that raise the entertainment value. Some member of the cast embrace that, and give hammy performances (Domhnall Gleeson in particular, but also Benicio Del Toro and Adam Driver); Daisy Ridley and John Boyega are still fine (but miss some shared screen time), as is Oscar Isaac; Kelly Marie Tran is a good addition to the group; but it is Mark Hamill that steals the show here, carrying the brunt of the funny and rousing moments both. That said, it’s good to see so many female characters driving the action. The film unsurprisingly looks and sounds very nice (two of the planets visited are striking); John Williams’ musical score is exciting as ever.
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