|Directed by||:||Rian Johnson||Produced by||:||Kathleen Kennedy, Ram Bergman||Written by||:||Rian Johnson||Starring||:||Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac||Production company||:||Lucasfilm Ltd.||Country||:||United States|
One of the refrains in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, writer-director Rian Johnson's sequel to 2015's The Force Awakens, is that we have to let go of the past in order to move forward. Kylo Ren, still licking his wounds from the last movie, says as much at least once. So too does Luke Skywalker, disillusioned and curmudgeonly on the planet Ahch-To, and fixed on placing his Jedi past behind him. But it's also a sentiment that extends to the movie itself - Johnson's Star Wars sequel feels like a sustained effort to break with at least some of the 40 year-old saga's traditions. Fan reactions will, we suspect, be more than a little divided.
Picking up where The Force Awakens left off, The Last Jedi sees the Resistance on the run from the First Order, led by the villainous, unholy trinity of a sneering General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), the perpetually angry Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the scheming enigma, Supreme Leader Snoke (a performance-captured Andy Serkis). The bad guys were delivered a stinging blow in The Force Awakens, but with their seemingly endless resources remaining largely unbowed. Without spoiling things, the plot involves the disparate members of the Resistance - among them Leia, Rey, Poe Dameron and Finn - trying to figure out a way of fending off the First Order's counterattack.