The Last Jedi will forever be remembered as the first Star Wars movie we all saw together in the theatre as a family. Both our girls, hubby, and I went with Grandma and her new beau, and we gorged ourselves on movie theatre nachos and Skittles. After our big family outing, Chris then took each of our daughters out on a special one-on-one movie date. For those of you keeping track at home, that’s two viewings for each girl and three for Dad before we even got the Blu-ray. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is definitely the most anticipated home release of the year in our house, and it will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, and Blu-ray disc on March 27.
The Last Jedi is the eighth episode of the most well-known space epic in the world. In this episode, Rey has finally tracked down Luke Skywalker in his self-imposed exile, bitter and guilt-ridden after one of his students turned on him and destroyed the Jedi temple. Luke agrees to train her in the Force but refuses to return to the Resistance. Disillusioned with Luke’s refusal to fight, Rey decides to face Supreme Leader Snoke and his disciple Kylo Ren on her own.
Finn and Rose race against the clock to find the master code breaker who they hope will help them save the Resistance, while Princess Leia, Poe Dameron, and the Resistance fleet engage in a running battle with the First Order. The three story lines converge on the planet Crait for the final battle where they fight to keep the last hope of resistance alive.
It’s not hard to guess that we enjoyed The Last Jedi. It’s actually a bit challenging to objectively review the movie given the importance of anything Star Wars in our family, but I can tell you it’s hands down my girls’ favourite Star Wars movie. They (and I!) especially love Rey for her strong character, courage, and general badassery. We’ve waited a long time to learn what happened to Luke after Return of the Jedi, and as we discover his story through Rey’s eyes, we realize that she is at the beginning of the hero’s journey while Luke is at the end of his. It’s time for new heroes to take up the fight.
There are many strong female characters in The Last Jedi, which some fans have had a hard time coming to terms with. It’s a shame though, because the female characters are just as developed and nuanced as the men’s, and it’s long past due in our time (as well as in a galaxy far, far away) for women to be portrayed in popular media as more than sidekicks or love interests. Princess Leia (RIP, Carrie) broke stereotypes 40 years ago, and it’s fitting that the Star Wars series continues to push established gender conventions and portray women as real, authentic characters.
Having already seen the movie multiple times, the girls knew what to expect when we put the Blu-ray in, but for first timers, I suggest possible eye covering in any of the scenes featuring close-ups of Snokes’ scarred and disfigured face. It’s less disturbing on the small screen than in the theatre, but it’s still quite graphic. He also gets sliced in half by a lightsaber, but you don’t see any blood.
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Director Rian Johnson takes fans on an intimate journey into the creation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in a feature-length documentary, explaining his unique interpretation of the Force, detailing the painstaking process of creating Snoke, and deconstructing action-packed scenes from the film such as the epic space battle and the final confrontation. Johnson also reveals two exclusive scenes, featuring Andy Serkis as Snoke prior to his digital makeover, as well as 14 never-before-seen deleted scenes, in addition to his audio commentary.
Bonus features include:
- The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it’s like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.
- Balance of the Force – Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.
- Scene Breakdowns:
- Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle – Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.
- Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie’s malevolent master villain.
- Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie’s final confrontation, including the interplay between real-word locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.
- Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis’ riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.
- Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
- Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
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