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Movie Review – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Cast – Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern & Benicio del Toro

Director  Rian Johnson

Genre Fantasy/Science fiction film

Running Time  2h 32m

Star Wars…whenever I hear or see that title I’m always reminded of my childhood. The title has been existence for as long as I can remember and if anyone isn’t familiar with it then, honestly, my question to you is which rock have you been living under exactly? Even if you are not a fan or have not seen any of the movies (which is quite a shame if you haven’t), most are familiar with the franchise. The latest instalment in the franchise comes in the shape of The Last Jedi.

Nothing but great things was all I saw and heard before I saw this movie and no wonder why. This movie is beyond impressive with some saying it may just be the best in the whole franchise, again, it’s no wonder why. It’s got a mix of everything including the feel of a classic Star Wars movie with a mix of humour, bags of action sequences, great special effects and beautiful scenery. 

I’ll admit to not being a full-blown fan boy of this franchise, very familiar with it is what I’m. So the scene was me (an avid movie watcher) taking their place and checking out the hottest title on the circuit at the moment. A great experience that was amplified even more by Ster-Kinekor’s new offering D-Box.

The D-Box Experience

I’m one individual who likes to try out new things and the more innovative they are the better. D-Box was just that, a new fantastic experience that I was originally not quite ready for. At first it was a bit off putting and distracting from the movie, but I eventually warmed up to it. I’ve experienced 4dx before, but D-Box is different mainly due to the actual sensations it offers in relation to what’s happening on screen. What’s even more nifty is the fact that you can adjust the level of intensity you require by easily using the button located on the right-hand side of the seats. Another great new addition to the Ster-Kinekor roaster that will no doubt be a winner with many…I’m definitely looking forward to experiencing more movies like this!

Back to the movie…

A perfect blend of past, present and future, The Last Jedi is one perfectly assembled movie with evidence of major work and planning going into it. It’s seamless and won’t have you getting bored whilst watching that’s for sure. Fanboys (and girls), sci-fi movie fanatics and just general admirers of good movies will easily enjoy this one.

The Guardian put it perfectly when they stated:

“In this eighth episode in the official Star Wars saga, writer-director Rian Johnson (who made his name with such adventurous features as Brick and Looper) proves himself the master of the balancing act, keeping the warring forces of this intergalactic franchise in near-perfect harmony. Just as the film’s sound designers understand the tactical use of silence, so Johnson instinctively knows when to internalise or externalise the film’s multiple explosions – conjuring vast attack ships on fire and tiny individuals in torment with equal ease.”

My friends at Rotten Tomatoes went a step further by saying that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi honors the saga’s rich legacy while adding some surprising twists — and delivering all the emotion-rich action fans could hope for.”

So yes, there is something to it, something special that is. The balance of it is perfect and honours every inch of what a Star Wars was, is and will be. The movie further sets the scene for what’s to come and where the franchise is heading, a seemingly exciting future it seems to be. I can’t wait to see the next instalment.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is one of this year’s best movies that is well worth all the fantastic attention and reception it’s been getting all-round. Perfect for the whole family, the movie makes for a great family outing especially during this holiday season. Even if you are not particularly a fan of the franchise, it’s worth checking out and will no doubt endear itself to general movie lovers. And if you do so in 3D, IMAX and/or D-Box even better! The movie gets a cool 4.3 out of 5 rating from me.

Special thanks to Ster-Kinekor for the screening and the oh so cool D-Box experience…very classy.

Thabiso Moloi
With many, many years of PR, digital & Influencer Marketing work under his belt, Thabiso has worked on a great number of technology brands and gadgetry (which we feature here thoroughly) and has over the years grown a keen liking for. He's been obsessed with technology (and most things under the sun) for as long as he can remember. For now, he covers smartphone reviews (spanning everything from entry to premium devices) as well as entertainment related stuff. You can find him on Twitter: @Thabz_14
  • CriticalThinker

    Lol funny that your friends at rotten tomatoes did not tell of how badly it has done in the USA of all places. Obviously you have not seen the original trilogy either. Both the force awakens and the last Jedi was nothing but SJW bullshit.