Saw it yesterday. Went in absolutely spoiler-free. I feel deeply confused about TLJ. The movie did some unexpected things. I have to see it a second time.
Yesterday - 4 months later - i saw TLJ a second time. All by myself. Without any piled up hype and high expectations as in december 2017…
… what can i say…
… this time i really enjoyed THE LAST JEDI.
Maybe because i was prepared for the unexpected stuff Rian Johnson put into his movie. Some things are still strange (space cow milking, Carrie Poppins) or dissapointing (the cave beneath Ahch-To revealing absolutely nothing) but overall a very enjoyable Star Wars movie. Not as fun and entertaining as THE FORCE AWAKENS, but still good.
Mark Hamills performance was superb. But i have to admit i had to get used to his demoralized mental state. Before TLJ came out, i wrote the movie in my head. I expected Luke Skywalker went to the first Jedi temple to examine why the Force always splits itself into light & dark side. And that he would attempt to “repair” or seal the rift once and for all. By the way i never wished to see Luke ripping Star Destroyers apart. I wished to see some Jedi temple exploration, maybe with some traps (here comes my Dark Forces II fan mind) and a great showdown in the final hall. Maybe The Knights of Ren VS Luke & Rey - no Prequel-esque coreography though, but some decent raw TFA-esque lightsaber fight. Luke being captured at end by Snoke resulting a nice cliffhanger for Episode IX … oh man, some many things come into my mind i expected or wanted to see in TLJ. No wonder i was dissapointed 😉