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Star Wars 8 Receives Little Hate

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Star Wars - The Last Jedi has brought in 1.3 billion dollars since its release on December 15, 2017.  Photo Credit:  starwars.com

Star Wars - The Last Jedi has brought in 1.3 billion dollars since its release on December 15, 2017. Photo Credit: starwars.com

Star Wars - The Last Jedi has brought in 1.3 billion dollars since its release on December 15, 2017. Photo Credit: starwars.com

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This review contains SPOILERS —

As the newest installment in the Star Wars movie franchise, The Last Jedi was one of the most hyped movies of the year. Rey has found Luke Skywalker and seeks his aid in becoming a jedi and controlling the force in order to gain the power to defeat Kylo Ren and The First Order. Skywalker stubbornly refuses at first due to his troubled past. However, he eventually trains her some before helping the rebels escape the clutches of The First Order.

In addition to receiving an 8.1/10 on Rotten Tomatoes, 7.6/10 on IMDb, and 4/4 from famed movie reviewer, Roger Ebert, the overall consensus from the CHC community was that this was a great movie.   Marshall Joyce (’19) said, “It was a good movie but there was too much filler. I liked the scene where the First Order troops tried to shoot at Luke’s illusion, but I didn’t like how fast they killed supreme leader Snoke.” Conner Spillaine (’19) also commented on the movie saying, “I liked the movie as a whole but disliked the part where Finn went to the casino with the girl.” Most people who saw the movie enjoyed it as shown in its high score on Rotten Tomatoes and the 1.2 billion dollars it has generated so far.

Though most people enjoyed the movie, there were a handful of CHC viewers who looked deeper into the movie and criticized it. Patrick Jones (’18) is a huge Star Wars fan, but he said he hated the movie.  His reasoning included “how much Snoke (the supreme leader) and Phasma (the silver stormtrooper) were built up and then killed off so nonchalantly.” He asserts that Disney is only using nostalgia and the Star Wars name to lure people in and gain money. Though Jones didn’t enjoy the movie overall, he did enjoy one scene saying, “I visually liked Luke’s death, but the circumstances were stupid.” Overall he hated the movie, pointing out how Rian Johnson threw out everything JJ Abrams tried to set up in the previous films.

Although there are mixed reviews for the film, the money generated doesn’t lie.  The Star Wars franchise is a money-making force to be reckoned with.  Die-hard fans may object to the plot holes, but new fans (young and old) found the movie to be very enjoyable.

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