List compiled by Eddie on 01/12/2017
While it has become a bit of a thing over more recent times to talk down JJ Abrams last saga entry The Force Awakens, a lot of people are forgetting just how well that film set-up an intriguing and mystery filled continuation of one of cinema’s most beloved series.
It’s crazy to think it’s been nigh on two years since Abrams film lit up the box-office around the world and while last year’s Rouge One was a nice distraction it’s great to know that in a mere few weeks’ time we will be getting to see all our old and new favourites back on screen once more for more Star Wars goodness.
A lot is resting on the shoulders of new director Rian Johnson and while it will be a hard act to follow to draw equal to the Force Awakens box-office and critical haul, below you will find some information on why you should be totally hyped to enter into the galaxy far far away once more.
Happy reading and happy watching!
1. Luke Skywalker’s Larger Role
It’s a bit of an understatement to say that we didn’t get a lot of Mr. Skywalker in our last saga adventure. Offering a mere tantalising cameo from Mark Hamill as our beloved one-armed Jedi, The Force Awakens perfectly set-up a bigger return for Luke in the Last Jedi that to this day remains a return clouded in much mystery.
Read more about Hamill’s return here –
2. The Force Awakens
Just put down your petty judgements for a second (the walkers weren’t the proper size, it was too similar to A New Hope) and realise that The Force Awakens was as close to a perfect return to the series that we could’ve hoped for. Fun, fast, action packed and emotionally engaging, J. J Abrams introduced new exiting characters to the franchise while perfectly dealing with the old, setting up the Last Jedi with a great playing field to be a truly special follow-up and a worthwhile middle adventure before this saga’s eventual finale.
Read some thoughts about why The Force Awakens is a great Star Wars film here –
3. Carrie Fisher’s Swansong
After her tragic death this year, Carrie Fisher returns to our screen for one last hurrah in Rian Johnson’s film. While we don’t quite know how much screen time Fisher will have or how big of a role Princess Leia will play in the new film, it’s safe to say the opportunity to see Fisher on the big screen one last time in the role that made her a superstar will be a price worth paying.
Get some insight into Fishers role in the film here –
4. Kylo Ren’s Journey
A somewhat divisive villain, Adam Driver’s angst-ridden Ren is on track to be one of the universe’s great villains. A boy becoming a man that is also tormented by his past decisions and ones that lay before him, Kylo Ren’s journey is one that isn’t a going to follow a simple bad guy route and with Driver well and truly in charge of this character, Kylo Ren’s path is one we should be watching closely.
Understand Kylo Ren here –
5. The Blockbuster 2017 Needs
We’ve had some huge hits this year at the box-office (Wonder Woman, It, Thor: Ragnarok) but we’ve also had our fair share of underwhelming big-budget events (Transformers: The Last Knight, The Dark Tower, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) and no blockbuster has really been overly memorable. Finishing the year off with a bang, you’d be a brave man to bet against The Last Jedi making up for a majority of this year’s high-profile disappointments.
How big will The Last Jedi be at the box office? Read here for some predictions –
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits Australian cinema screens on Thursday December 14th.
Are you a fan of the Force Awakens? Do you have worries about this new saga entry? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!