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Aileen Diaz, Staff Writer

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I recently watched the eighth installment in the Star Wars franchise, better known as “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and thought it was worth a review. The Star Wars franchise is an American epic space opera franchise about people living on different planets in a fictional galaxy. The main plots of all of the movies in this franchise surround the life of Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Han Solo, and Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker). Luke and Leia are Anakin’s children who were separated at birth in order to protect them from their evil father. The franchise is separated into sequels, prequels and a trilogy.

The movie starts off directly after the battle of Starkiller Base and shows General Leia Organa and the Resistance fleeing D’Qar when the First Order arrives. The Resistance escapes to hyperspace when the First Order attacks them but are tracked continuously and forced into a battle with the First Order. While that happens Rey is on Ahch-To, trying to convince Luke to teach her the ways of the Jedi and Luke is torn between helping her and risking her becoming evil, like his nephew, or going back to his solidarity and risking the Resistance being wiped out.

The cast consists of main characters in the franchise Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Kenny Baker, and newcomers Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Laura Dern, and Oscar Isaac. While all the actors did a good job, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega came off irritating to me. Daisy’s portrayal felt like she was forcing the script too hard and was trying too hard to seem dramatic and she used the same expressions a lot. The same goes for John Boyega. He had a resting face through almost the whole movie and you couldn’t feel the suspense he was supposed to give off.

The movie itself was very well put together. The sets and locations used seemed like they were a green screen from how beautiful the views on Ahch-To were and how unreal they seemed. The costumes were well done and used appropriately. The casting was nicely picked, though the casting for family members in the sequels and prequels were more accurate as far as looks. The music was very well chosen and brought the right feeling to each scene.

I would recommend the movie to anyone that enjoys sci-fi, drama, action, or adventure themed movies. The movie franchise does a good job of piecing all those genres together. I wouldn’t recommend it to people that enjoy less suspenseful, and more calm and nonchalant movies. I also wouldn’t recommend it to people who don’t like to sit through long movies, seeing as how Star Wars movies range from 2 to 3 hours long each. The movie itself has a MPAA rating of PG-13.

In conclusion, I would give the movie a 9.5 out of 10. The movie was amazing and captured the viewers’ attention at all times of the movie. Along with the perfect usage of setting and music. The movie does however lose .5 points for how forced the acting from Daisy Ridley and John Boyega seems.