Film: Reaching for the stars in 2017

Packed with unexpected jokes and thrilling action, but frustratingly unable to knot decades-old emotional threads, The Last Jedi is nevertheless a noble continuation of the franchise

17th December, 2017
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Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The title of the new Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, suggests an elegy and so it becomes, but not before writer and director Rian Johnson puts the fun into funereal. Packed with unexpected jokes and thrilling action, but frustratingly unable to knot decades-old emotional threads, this is nevertheless a noble continuation of the franchise revitalised beyond recognition in JJ Abrams’ The Force Awakens.

What, the film asks, is the point of the Jedi...

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