“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” took over theaters last Friday with almost half a billion dollars of box office receipts to date. Different than “Rogue One,” “The Last Jedi” is part of the Star Wars’ sequel trilogy coming in as Episode VIII in the epic space opera film series.
The film is dedicated to the late Carrie Fisher who played the iconic Princess Leia starting in the first release of the series in 1977, recently renamed “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.” As seen in 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” Princess Leia is now Founder and General of the Resistance against the First Order and mother of a son Kylo, who has succumbed to the dark side. Given all that she has lost and endured, the audience will have a very emotional reaction to what she does for the Resistance in this film.
“The Last Jedi” scores an expected 93% Fresh on the Tomatometer, but a disappointing 55% of audience score fueled by loyal fans of the Force who see a thin, inconsistently compelling plot with questionable components such as dropping bombs in space and the addition of “Force ghosts.”
Nevertheless, “The Last Jedi” delivers an entertaining cinematic experience full of action, drama, and a plenty of nostalgia for franchise fans. FYI, the long anticipated final Episode IX is scheduled to be released on December 20, 2019 so mark you calendars.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (152 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-13 rating for sequences of sci-fi action and violence. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www.Jimplecute1848.com for a full list of show times. And may the force be with you this holiday and throughout 2018!
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