On Monday, Charlie and I got to enjoy a preview of Star Wars The Last Jedi. As I promised, I wanted to give a Star Wars The Last Jedi spoiler free review with a few tidbits that the Star Wars fans in my family said I had to share.
Knowing that we had seen the movie, Steve saw this meme yesterday, shared it and tagged me in it:
UM Can’t tell you one way or another on that! Of course we did have a rousing discussion on it when he got home from work and Steve said he thought it would be more believable if Kylo Ren lost his hand. Again not saying anything but you can definitely keep an eye out for fight scenes because there are some great ones. One of the best things I can say is while there are fight scenes, not a single one is graphically bloody where I would be worried about Rachael seeing the movie. Yes there is death. No that’s not a spoiler you know that there is going to be death in a Star Wars movie even if it’s just a Storm Trooper or three!
Steve has a special affinity for the walkers. We still have an original At-At walker toy from his childhood in our basement. No the kids are not allowed to play with it. So I took special note of it while watching the movie. I had noticed in the recent movies the walkers have been present but in background scenes. In Star Wars The Last Jedi, the walkers take a more active role. I would say they have a few moments of background screen time throughout the movie but at the end they play a significant role in the movie which leads us back to the roots of the Star Wars saga. I loved seeing this. This section of the movie plays out between two different scenes and takes on about 30-40 minutes of screen time with the walkers actively on screen for approximately half of that. The walkers are seen from all angles which is fantastic for the tried and true Star Wars fan. You are given the far away lumbering shots to see how they are moving, the closer outside shots to see the mechanics of the build and the inside shots to see how the cockpit looks. I adored watching Charlie take all of this in!
After watching the movie, the credits started rolling. I teared up when of course there was the special credit that said “In Memory of our Princess, Carrie Fisher.” Then I looked at Charlie and realized he was still reeling from all of what he just saw. Those moments when he thought that character was going to die and the character lived, he thought that character was going to live but didn’t and the way that character did what they did. He just sat for a few minutes and stared. Finally he looked at me and said “Mom I need to see it again so I connect all the dots again. I think I missed a few.” I’m sure we did miss a few but I’m sure Saturday we’ll connect the rest of them. Yep we already have our tickets for a screening on Saturday with Steve and Rachael. Who else is going? Charlie has for a long time followed in his father’s footsteps when it comes to sci-fi and Star Wars is no exception. I knew taking him to see the movie would be a special thing. He arrived in his Kylo Ren costume, sat next to me and never moved. He munched his popcorn, sipped his soda, gasped at the right times and jumped at those few moments when the action overtook you. When all was said and done, I asked what he thought. His words “I can’t really talk about it with anyone but you because I can’t spoil it for others, Mom. But it was amazing. I didn’t see it coming. I knew it couldn’t happen the way people thought it was going to but I didn’t see it coming. It left me sitting on the edge of my seat. While the movie is called The Last Jedi, there really could be more Jedi Mom. Because as General Leia said, they brought us HOPE.”
Who was my stand out character?
Of course there are so many that are great but I think the two that stand out the most two me are the Porgs and Rose. I adore the Porgs for their fluffy, cuddly little selves. Rose, however, she is my hero of the movie. She is the character for me that girls should look up to. She is strong, intelligent and loyal. She loves her sister and the Republic and gives all of herself for those she loves. Rose is a little geeky and uses it in a great way. I think this is a good thing for our girl’s to see. I know I want my Rae to see this, to take notice of it and to aspire to be a little geeky, strong and loyal to those in her life.
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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI opens in theaters everywhere December 15th!