This film starts where “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” leaves off. If taken in isolation, I think it’s a very good Star Wars movie. Unfortunately, I do not get the same thrill that I used to, seeing space battles or light saber fights, so I was bored throughout much of the film. (I may, however, be in the minority. If you still love this stuff, you will think the movie is great!)
The “First Order” (the next-generation Empire) has just about conquered the entire galaxy. Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) wants to obliterate what is left of “The Resistance,” led by Princess Leia (the now-late Carrie Fisher). Rey (Daisy Ridley) is sent by Leia to convince Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), now living in isolation in a remote corner of the galaxy (essentially the last Jedi), to return with Rey to help “The Resistance” defeat the “First Order.” Also involved in this conflict is Rey’s friend, Finn (John Boyega).
Supreme Leader Snoke’s apprentice, the Darth-Vader-like Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) are entrusted with the responsibility of finishing off “The Resistance.” Will they succeed? Unfortunately for me, I just didn’t care much one way or the other. I say “Force-Smorsh.”
I liked Ridley’s and Hamill’s performances, but I didn’t care much for Driver’s (Kylo Ren seemed like a confused teenager rather than a formidable villian). I plan to see Episode IX, but I may pass at the next re-boot.