Yes, we succumbed and went to the cinema to see the final chapter.
But, Disney on a winner, will it be?
What was I expecting?
A mega weapon in the hands of the bad guys that can destroy planets. Tick.
The bad guys amassing to destroy the resistance. Tick.
The last of the resistance amassing to take on the bad guys in a battle they can’t win. Tick.
The fate of everything put on the shoulders of the Last Jedi. Tick.
A bad Jedi versus a good Jedi. Tick.
And, of course, the bad Jedi trying to turn the good Jedi to the dark side. Tick.
It doesn’t matter what we call the bad guys, whether it’s the Empire, the First Order or the Last Order. They’re all going to lose; we know that before we stepped into the cinema. It’s what we came to see.
The internal struggle within those who are the Jedi provides some deep thought-provoking moments along the way, but this ever-pervasive sense of doom and gloom is overshadowed, and sometimes counter-balanced by the comic light relief that the robots, sorry droids, provide.
And the fact no one really dies. The physical version might disappear, but they always come back, glowing, and with all of their powers somehow still intact. I’m still trying to wrap my head around that one.
Along with the fact that only the magic of the movies could bring back someone who had died years before, and appear so lifelike.
There were surprised, and a few of my assumptions were dashed, but it was worth it, despite some of the negatives I’ve read about it. Could it be longer and flesh out some of the disjointed plot lines, maybe, but 140 minutes was long enough for me.
Long enough to prove that good will always triumph over evil.
But I do have one question; going back to the days of old westerns where you could always tell the bad guys because they always wore black; why were the empire/first/last order stormtroopers always in white?