Fittingly, General Leia Organa was given a powerful, profound arc in Rian Johnson’s sequel, as she led the tattered remnants of the Resistance to Crait only to encounter her long-lost brother, Luke Skywalker – or, at least, a Force projection of Mark Hamill’s all-powerful, all-seeing Jedi, who was actually still meditating on Ahch-To just as The Last Jedi reached its beautiful climax.
True to his original promise, Johnson also ensured that Leia was left alive by the time the credits rolled, leaving the fate of her Resistance leader in the hands of J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode IX). Exactly how Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio (Justice League) plan to bring the curtain down on Leia’s story remains to be seen,
Throughout the film a number of characters brought up this theme of letting the past die in one way or another, including two of the film’s key figures Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren.
Some fans thought this was a message from Johnson and Lucasfilm that they didn’t care about the history of Star Wars and the audience should learn to let go and just think of the future.
Rian Johnson, however, has said that the message is quite the opposite, and that letting go of the past isn’t a workable idea in Star Wars.
“From the very start, there is kind of the theme of ‘let the past die’ but that’s expressed by Kylo [Ren] very strongly and, to some extent,
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The bad news is that the men-only version of “The Last Jedi” actually exists and is currently available to download on torrent websites such as The Pirate Bay. The good news is that “The Last Jedi” features so many wonderful female characters in main roles that when you edit all of
Yes, even hearing the words decimation and Millennium Falcon in the same sentence is enough to give any true Star Wars fan butterflies in the stomach. The new trilogy has already killed off Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. And with Carrie Fisher's death in 2016, Lucasfilm has already promised they won't be resurrecting Leia via motion capture or CGI.
Director Rian Johnson has previously revealed that his first cut of The Last Jedi was three hours long, and has detailed some of the deleted scenes, which hopefully we’ll get on the home video release.
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The Last Jedi is the second-highest grossing Star Wars movie after 2015’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which pulled in $2.0682 billion. In total, the Star Wars franchise has now earned a whopping $9.03 billion, and has Solo: A Star Wars Story incoming this May to boost that total even further. It still trails the Marvel Cinematic Universe by a considerable amount though – with the superhero series having earned in excess of $13.5 billion, making it the biggest franchise in history.
The Last Jedi is now the tenth highest-grossing release of all time, and should go on to surpass Frozen ($1.2765 billion) and perhaps even Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1.3415 billion) before it ends its run.
Speaking during a BAFTA Q&A (via ComicBookMovie), Johnson explained why he decided against delving into Snoke’s backstory in The Last Jedi, leaving the door open for it to be explored elsewhere:
“In this particular story, it’s much more like the Original Trilogy, where with Snoke if you think about the actual scenes, if suddenly I had paused one of the scenes to give
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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.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma
Before I start the ball rolling, I think we’ve all established that Star Wars: The Last Jedi was divisive. In the end the big band of people who thought it was a Cleveland steamer upon the chest of George Lucas have angrily huffed their way into hyperbole comas. Likewise, the few who claimed it as being an evolutionary, redefining masterpiece probably need to give it a few more viewings before firmly pitching it up as the greatest thing ever to feature lightsabers (personally I feel like Spaceballs could more rightly claim that title over Tlj). The reality, for me, was somewhere in the middle. It’s a good blockbuster. It does a lot wrong, but nothing all the rest aren’t guilty of these days, and it does a hell of a lot right.
Warning: spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Some of the cast and director Rian Johnson recently attended a BAFTA screening of The Last Jedi and participated in a Q&A afterward. The whole Leia being a Jedi thing came up when Daisy Ridley, who portrays Rey in the new Star Wars movies, was talking about the complex and intricate mythos that surrounds Star Wars which she, by her own admission, doesn't fully understand, despite the fact that she's now a major part of the franchise.
During a question and answer session accompanying the screening, Ridley mused on the fact that she was still unclear about General Organa’s connection to the Force, saying:
“Because I wasn’t so knowledgeable of the Star Wars thing, I still have questions about what it all means. Like, when people talk about Jedi and stuff like that – I remember having a conversation with one of our executive producers on VII, Michelle [Rejwan], and I said, ‘But surely Leia’s a Jedi, because she’s Force sensitive and she’s challenged.’ She’s not
The Last Jedi is marching on at the global box office and is still dividing fans between those that loved it and those that are straight up offended by it.
One thing The Last Jedi has done quite unanimously is create a lot of questions, such as why did Luke use his father’s blue lightsaber in his duel with Kylo Ren instead of his green one from Return of the Jedi.
For some, this was an obvious hint that Luke was actually using a powerful force projection technique against Kylo, because surely the famed Jedi couldn’t be using Anakin’s broken saber. Luckily, director Rian Johnson has explained what happened to IGN:
“[Luke] is basically tailoring this projection to have maximum effect on Kylo.
The Force Awakens received its fair share of flak for riding the coattails of A New Hope too closely and now, in writer/director Rian Johnson’s much awaited sequel,
“When we were doing [The Force Awakens], Rian said, ‘Oh and by the way we might have a couple of boulders floating to show your Force emanating’, so I was led to believe that I still had the Force and it was really strong in me… When I read [The Last Jedi] before VII came out, I said ‘what?” and called J.J. or Rian to say, ‘Are you guys aware of this? Have you seen a cut? Is there floating boulders?’ And they said, ‘No, we caught that
Obviously, this comes as no surprise. George Lucas has always said that John Williams’ music was the secret to the Star Wars films, and the franchise would feel very strange without him. John Williams’ music has been one of the best aspects of the new trilogy (looking at you Rey’s Theme!), and this next film should prove no different.
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Williams has also recently been
The sequel trilogy introduced audiences to a new trio of heroes, Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac), along with the violent and volatile Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) for an adventure in space. Still, the movies cater to fans of the originals, seeing appearances from many classic characters including former princess turned general Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and smuggler and scruffy-looking nerf herder Han Solo (Harrison Ford).
The world waited with baited breath for J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens,” the first installment, in 2015. Audience reactions averaged 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, while critics were close behind at 88%. The general consensus seemed to be that “The Force Awakens” was a worthy entry into the “Star Wars” canon, despite criticisms that the film was too safe and counted for little
Rian Johnson’s sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to divide fans but the sci-fi adventure also continues to bring in significant amounts of cash across the global box office.
One place where the film is still performing well is in Japan, one of the biggest markets in the world. So far The Last Jedi has managed to bring in $55 million with 4.1 million admissions (via Variety).
For comparison, The Force Awakens managed a massive $97.8 million in 2015 and Rogue One collected $39 million.
To date, The Last Jedi’s international taking is $646 million combining with a domestic sum of $574 million for a total haul of $1.2 billion.
In North America the film is currently bringing in similar numbers per day as Rogue One at the same period, indicating that The Last
We know that Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) director, J.J. Abrams, will be returning to the director’s chair to close out the trilogy, but outside of that we do not know much else. With that in mind, we here at CinemaNerdz feel
It was, by all accounts, a fitting conclusion to a 40-year legacy, as the franchise’s impassioned fanbase bid adieu to General Leia Organa (Aka the People’s Princess) one last time.
But if there’s one scene, in particular, that proved contentious among viewers, it’s the one in which an unconscious Leia calls upon the Force to guide her back to the Resistance fleet. In the wrong hands, this dream-like sequence would have come off as schmaltzy – even melodramatic – but there are those who take issue with Johnson’s decision to unlock Leia’s abilities. Hell, it even baffled Daisy Ridley, who said the following in a recent Q&A session with BAFTA:
Because I wasn’t so knowledgeable of the Star Wars thing,
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