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by Dianna Ranere

Review | Star Wars: The Last Jedi

  Lucasfilm’s Star WarsThe Last Jedi—the next action-packed chapter of the Star Wars saga— Earned critical acclaim and the No. 1 spot atop 2017’s list of highest-grossing films. The visually stunning film welcomes the return of original characters, including Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Yoda, R2-D2 and C-3PO and further explores the deepening journey of the saga’s new members, Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren. Bring home the movie on 4K Ultra HD™ Blu-ray, and Blu-ray™ disc on March 27.

Director Rian Johnson takes fans on an intimate journey into the creation of Star WarsThe 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.

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.



By my husband Mykl Ranere


Let me start by saying a few things right off the bat. I saw A New Hope in the theater when it came out in 1977. I waited in line to see Empire Strikes Back more than once. I waited in line to see Return of the Jedi, more than once. I saw Phantom Menace in the theater and the other two prequels on Blu Ray because, well…


When The Force Awakens came out I saw in the theater as well, once. I was disappointed in the movie. It was almost a remake of A New Hope.  Incredible effects, the old characters were back, some great fan service but, in the end, a bit of a letdown.


Enter The Last Jedi, the 8th of the prime movie story-line. I had seen reviews of it, heard all the talk about it and was presently surprised by some of it. I was also left wondering why to some of it as well. Visually, this is, by far, the most stunning of all Star Wars movies. It is absolutely gorgeous and the cinematography is outstanding. The use of practical effects over CGI is many places is perfect, the ships designs are spot on and the battles are breathtaking.
The movie takes place shortly after the destruction of the Starkiller base and Rey’s arrival at Luke’s island. The First Order has tracked down the Rebel’s base and are ready to strike the final blow and bring about the end of the rebellion.  Meanwhile, Rey is learning some hard truths from a bitter Luke and Snoke is working behind all the scenes to bring about the final end of the Jedi. Kylo Ren is continuing the very angsty teenager act and Po is getting in his X-Wing and blowing stuff up. Luke reunites with some old friends and Rey, as always, can do nothing wrong, at all, ever. There are some parts of the movie that really don’t need to be there, at all, aside from developing a character you’ll probably end up disliking anyway. All in all, a decent Star Wars movie and I am still upset with how little of Phasma there is in each.
The tone of Star Wars has definitely changed over the years, whether for better or worse, it is what it is. If you are a fan, you will probably get the movie no matter what. If you aren’t, well, something is wrong with you, deep down inside and I can’t help you with that. 😉


6/10 for me.

May the force be with you, always.

** I really did enjoy the bonus content, seeing the deleted scenes and commentary are always high on my list so I can see what could have been. Definitely, check out Showdown on Crait, it is amazing!