Run time: 152 mins
Star Wars has always maintained a breezy attitude. Until now. Weighty, dense, and absolutely stuffed with story, Rian Johnson subverts expectations and gifts the series’ first truly epic instalment.
Johnson understands that Lucas’s baby has been around long enough that we can begin to get playful with its oh-so-sacred lore (purists may choke on their blue milk).
The rulebook has been torn up and expectations are thrown to the wind: The Force, Jedi, lightside and dark; they’re all deconstructed in a way that shocks and amuses. So as we pick up moments after The Force Awakens ended, with plucky Jedi wannabe Rey (Daisy Ridley) asking a now embittered Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to help his sister, Leia (Carrie Fisher, in spirit) in the battle against the First Order, he tells her to bugger off and leave him alone.
Yet, the biggest draw of this new trilogy continues to be the conflicting bond between Rey and the emotionally unstable Kylo Ren (Adam Driver, stealing it once again).
Not everything is as black and white as we’re used to in this galaxy. Fingers crossed their complicated relationship continues into the next, and final chapter. (research Jack Whiting) Please, be final.