Cinema of the Week:

Kristen Hines, Columnist •

It’s the movie that has casual and big Star War fans cheering and hard-core nostalgia fans crying and/or screaming with rage. The newest entry into the Star Wars franchise may not be completely split between fans, but those who dislike it are certainly making a lot of noticeable noise. But we’re not here to talk about that, we’re here to talk about the movie.

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ picks up where ‘The Force Awakens’ left off, and the stakes quickly rise from that point on. That’s about all I can say without spoiling the movie for those who haven’t seen it. In an almost parallel formula to ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, things take a nosedive for the good guys almost immediately after the film begins. Hope is fading from the resistance, and they have to use every and any strategy they have in order to survive, as they can’t afford another hard hit from the First Order.

The movie introduces new characters and brings back new ones, all while fleshing out what kind of narrative this new Star Wars trilogy is offering. It takes things from the traditional Star Wars, such as the Force and the Jedi, and takes them in a new direction. This is the main point of hatred for the hardcore Star Wars fans, because god forbid a franchise try something new and different to freshen up the series.

Despite the negative outcry from a good chunk of the fans, many people are being wise and ignoring it, especially since the movie has done extremely well with critics and box office standing. The action is amazing, the characters are fun and grow exponentially, and it does it’s job of keeping the viewer on the edge of their seat for what will happen next. So, don’t let the small bubble of negativity turn you off. The movie is a fun and exciting ride from start to finish, and won’t leave you disappointed.

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