The latest installment of the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi officially gets an A CinemaScore. There was a lot of hype leading to the release of the Rian Johnson written/directed film, and not just because it is a Star Wars movie. Talks about how unexpected it is resolved some fans' main gripe on JJ Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens seeming like a rehash of A New Hope. Also boosting people's anticipation is the news that Lucasfilm has just given Johnson the reigns to develop a brand new trilogy, albeit separate from the main saga, indicating the company's confidence on the filmmaker.
A continuation of what was set-up in The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi fully reunites fans with Luke Skywalker after three decades. The film's premise is already controversial with the ever-optimistic Jedi now sullen, reclusive and does not want to do anything with the ongoing fight between the Resistance and the First Order or the Jedi religion. Mark Hamill openly shared that he initially had some problems with it, but in the end, he relented to Johnson's vision for the character, which ultimately played a huge part in how the film plays out.
Now that the film is out in North America, CinemaScore reveals that the current trilogy sequel gets an A grade. For those not so familiar with how CinemaScore differs from other film movie sites, it seeks the opinion of filmgoers immediately after they leave a screening, asks them to rate the movie from A+ to F and the reason for seeing the title. The collected information is processed by the company and the results are posted every week. As for what the score means, it basically implies that the flick is generally good.
There is so much to unpack about The Last Jedi. Johnson took some big risks. But, unlike its predecessors which the conversations were mainly focused on theories and speculations, current dialog about Episode VIII centers on the apparent fan and critics divisive opinion of the film. The controversy stems from the notion that the film deviated too much from the existing lore, and for some die-hards, that is a bummer. Others, meanwhile, appreciate how the movies take a chance and fulfill the promise of being unexpected. These people digest it in a holistic perspective and are more forgiving of its flaws.
Regardless of your personal opinion of the specific story beats that Johnson chose, one cannot deny that Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens up the universe and challenges the norm when it comes to the saga films -- a good thing if Lucasfilm wants to keep these stories going for the next decades. It indicates that these films are evolving. Sure, it's difficult to let go of what we're used to, but the ability to ponder on the notion that perhaps there are still a lot of things that have yet to be explored with regard to the Force and the Jedi and Sith lore keeps people intrigued and invested in the narrative.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019