Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is the eighth installment of the continuous Star Wars film storyline. My original review includes all of my positive feelings about the film, and some feelings I’ve since reconsidered. Make no mistake, this film has some worthwhile acting, shot composition, and action. In the Theatre I managed to shrug off nagging concerns and experience what director Rian Johnson wanted to show me. While it had a high production value, and I certainly enjoyed my first viewing, this film makes for a poor eighth chapter in an operatic epic, and an equally poor second chapter for the trilogy begun by Jar-Jar Abrams’ The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: Episode VIII fails in it’s storytelling because the people who made it, and it’s predecessor, have no regard for Star Wars, as a living universe, or as a multi-part epic. The director and studio held a flippant disregard for Mark Hamill’s insightful opinions, and the expectations of those who hold the previous films dear. The fact that this series exists already in six parts means future generations that enjoy it will be enjoying those older films as well. These films don’t work as extensions of that series at all.