Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 5 Reasons Why You Should be Excited

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Daisy Ridley returns as fan favourite Rey

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


After his cameo in The Force Awakens, Mark Hamill plays a much bigger role in The Last Jedi

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


Full of memorable characters, scenes and imagery, The Force Awakens was a great return for the series

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


Carrie Fisher and her director Rian Johnson on set of The Last Jedi

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 powerful nemesis, Kylo Ren’s evil arc may not be as clear cut as we think

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

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Finn has recovered from his wounds and to plays a key part in The Last Jedi

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!

34 responses to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 5 Reasons Why You Should be Excited

  1. I have my reserved ticket already. It opens in Paris December 13 In 3D or 2D. I can not wait. And yes that is too sad for Carrie Fisher. A last Farewell. She goes out with a bang a least.

  2. Two weeks! Tickets and seats booked!

    Big fan of Rian’s previous efforts and am VERY keen to see his excellence take us on a journey far far away!

  3. I absolutely cannot wait for this movie. So many theories and ideas on what could possibly happen. Hate that I have to wait until December 14th to find out!

  4. To say I’m looking forward to this movie is a bit of an understatement. I really can’t wait for this 😊 I loved the Force Awakens, and I totally agree with everything you wrote here for it. Just two more weeks. I guess we can wait that long 😂😂

  5. I can’t be more excited for The Last Jedi. I’m really stoked to see what Rian Johnson does with this film. He’s directed some of my favorite Breaking Bad episodes (Ozymandias, Fly), and seems from the trailers that he’s going in a direction that I find SUPER interesting.

    Unfortunately, I’m not important enough to receive a press screening invite. lol

  6. I’ll be excited to see it, and I love Adam Driver as a Sith Lord. I had mixed feelings about The Force Awakens, however. It felt like an attempt to appease fans by giving them what they’d already seen before, unlike the prequels, which felt like new stories. To me BB8 is a less endearing R2, Maza Kanata a less funny Yoda, and even Kylo Ren feels like a mere variant on young pre-Vader Anakin.

  7. I’m scared to death of this movie because I don’t want to go see empire strikes back the way force awakens was the original film. It kind of saddens me that more so-called die hard fans were not more pissed off about that. I will go see this, but I’m more excited about Solo.

    • I think this one will offer a fair few surprises, I have great concerns about Solo, I think the behind the scenes problems that went on there create a very dark omen for its chances of success. Sure it will make a lot of money, but it could be a real tonal mess. Fingers crossed though.

  8. I liked the optimistic take on how well you thought “The Last Jedi” will do. After seeing the movie a few weeks ago, I have to say Rian Johnson royally f*#@*d up the series. I am a huge “Star Wars” fan and, despite how young I look, I am old enough to have seen the original trilogy in the theaters decades ago as a boy, so I am not some newbie fan. Johnson took a huge crap on the “SW” saga — with Disney’s blessing. As far as I’m concerned, “The Last Jedi” isn’t “SW” canon. Just a piece of garbage written and directed by someone who had no business doing so.

    — M

  9. Hello there! Thank you for these 5 reasons of why we should be excited to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I am definitely delighted to have a look at this movie. Thank you once again. Goodbye!

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