Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi¬†(also known as¬†Star Wars: Episode VIII ‚Äď The Last Jedi) is a 2017 American¬†epic¬†space opera¬†film written and directed by¬†Rian Johnson. It is the second installment of the¬†Star Wars¬†sequel trilogy¬†and the eighth main installment of the¬†Star Wars¬†franchise, following¬†Star Wars: The Force Awakens¬†(2015). It was produced by¬†Lucasfilm¬†and distributed by¬†Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The¬†ensemble cast¬†includes¬†Mark Hamill,¬†Carrie Fisher,¬†Adam Driver,¬†Daisy Ridley,¬†John Boyega,¬†Oscar Isaac,¬†Andy Serkis,¬†Lupita Nyong’o,¬†Domhnall Gleeson,¬†Anthony Daniels,¬†Gwendoline Christie¬†and¬†Frank Oz¬†in returning roles, with¬†Kelly Marie Tran,¬†Laura Dern¬†and¬†Benicio del Toro¬†joining the cast. The film features the final film performance by Fisher, who died in December 2016, and it is dedicated to her memory. The plot follows¬†Rey¬†as she receives¬†Jedi¬†training from¬†Luke Skywalker, in hopes of turning the tide for the¬†Resistance¬†in the fight against¬†Kylo Ren¬†and the¬†First Order.

So I finally got around to it and to be honest there were parts of it which I found to be boring in some parts and a bit predictable. I am not a big fan of Star Wars and I have this say this – I do not see why this franchise is so popular and why a lot of people find this franchise and universe so fascinating. I am not that impressed. Also I am one who likes the prequel trilogy and think that they were essential for us to understand the main characters in the original trilogy and especially Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader. And I wasn’t impressed with the Force Awakens which is just a rehash of A New Hope (JJ is known to do that, what say Star Trek : Into Darkness?) .

What did I like from the movie? The special effects, the fight scenes, the spaceship fight scenes, the light sabre fight scenes with Kylo & Rey and everything with Leia, Poe and his character development and the new character Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern) who becomes a hero with her death. What didn’t make much sense is the new Jedi trick of projecting themselves across great distances of light years and interacting with someone, Luuke’s behaviour throughout his interaction with Rey, the casino “royale” scene which made no sense and the whole adventure that Finn & Rose go through to get the codebreaker – for nothing! And Phasma – wow, that was a slap in the face. I was expecting a lot from this character and they ruined it!

And what the heck is with the porgs if that’s what you call them? Stupid, idiotic looking animals. Luke, who is completely out of character in this film milking some animal and then drinking the milk that he just squeezed out of it’s tits? The final fight scene between Kylo and Luke – don’t get me wrong, it was cool but the fact that Luke was mind projecting all that while and not really there was a bit weird. And he dies or decides to die in peace once that is done as he looks up at the rising suns on his exile planet. Finn was a supporting character and not very impressive in this movie.

The Last Jedi¬†had its world premiere in¬†Los Angeles¬†on December 9, 2017, and was released in the United States on December 15, 2017. It has grossed over $1.3¬†billion worldwide, making it the¬†highest-grossing film of 2017, the¬†7th-highest-ever grossing film in North America¬†and the¬†9th-highest-grossing film of all time, as well as the second-highest-grossing film of the¬†Star Wars¬†franchise. It’s beyond me but then money and Disney and the Star Wars machine defies odds. 7.5 outta 10!

4 Day Weekend Coming Up?

Well it’s coming to the end of the first part of my holiday. As mentioned earlier, I had applied for 9 days leave and off combined at work so I could relax and recharge before the upcoming busy schedule at work which will see me and my department have multiple new training batches to handle as we are expecting 350 new people to join our company and process. That is a big number but no where as big as the initial numbers floated.

So I got my leaves but I have to be in to work tomorrow. After that I was to get the three day weekend that everyone is getting as it’s the Good Friday-Easter weekend. However that may stretch to 4 days as it has been confirmed that we are to have a nationwide strike on Monday. And its a 24 hour strike which means no offices, businesses, shops or stores will be open all Monday till Tuesday midnight. Sheesh!

So this will mean I and my colleagues along with many others will get a 4 day weekend to enjoy and relax and party. Party on Monday in the comfort of your, family’s or close friends’ homes. Better stock up on beer and the essentials.