There’s no doubt about it- Star Wars is a cultural phenomenon. Last night, people everywhere flocked to their local movie theatres in droves hours before the showing to get the perfect seats for one of the most highly anticipated cinema events of the year. My Fiancee and I were no different- arriving at the theatre two hours early, books in hand to kill the time. We weren’t even the first people there- several others arrived before us, eager to claim the most coveted spots in the theatre.
As we waited, we began chatting with other guests about The Last Jedi’s Rotten Tomatoes score, which rivalled that of even the most beloved movies of the franchise. I expected the movie to be good- but as good or better than Empire? That’s some big shoes to fill.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised in that regard. The movie itself was visually stunning- cinematography and CGI used artistically to paint a beautiful picture and frame the story for the audience. Despite a few comedic moments that seemed a bit out of place at times, the story, which held a significantly darker tone than The Force Awakens, carried a definite message of renewal for each of the main characters, providing a growth and maturity to each as they learned their place in the grandness of the galaxy far, far away. Plot twist after plot twist kept things going at a pleasantly quick pace and kept the audience at the edge of their seats. In the end, the movie left me satisfied and with a definite impression that for once, the movie exceeded the expectations the hype set forth for it. Definitely, one of the most poignant and powerful stories ever told on screen from the Star Wars Universe.
Mark Hamill’s reprisal of Luke Skywalker, manages to wow the audience and even make them laugh, while the journey Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren takes in the film, is worthy of that of any Star Wars antagonist throughout the franchise’s many media. Rian Johnson did an outstanding job as director with this installment in the franchise, using light and sound to drive the audience’s emotions and experience, in the direction he desired.
One of the best ways to experience Johnson’s cinematic masterpiece is in IMAX, and the best place to watch it in IMAX is at the Goodrich Portage 16 IMAX theatre. With unparalleled comfort and perfect surround sound, Portage IMAX provides the highest quality viewing experience for when you travel to that galaxy far, far, away.