Same here! I know that the story probably went places that no one figured they were going to go, but I feel it worked out for the better in this movie.
I also loved the fight scene in Snoke's throne room, and it's one of the best put together fight scenes in Star Wars yet. I was impressed by the fight in the forest at the end of Force Awakens, as it blended the structured fights from the original trilogy with the faster and flashier style of the prequels.
I'd also like to point out how great the final duel between Kylo and Luke turned out, and all the foreshadowing that went into the reveal. Seriously! I only noticed a few details the first time around (the lightsaber Luke uses for most part), but then had so many more get pointed out to me later (Luke appears as he did in the flashbacks, he doesn't leave tracks in the salt, he never connects lightsabers with Kylo).
A lot of care went into this movie, and I'll never understand the people who don't like the newer Star Wars movies.
Indeed, I feel as though the plot twists presented in this film were very effective in either generating awe or frustration, depending on who was watching the film, ya know?
Oh yeah, definitely, the battle in Snoke's throneroom was definitely an impressive technical feat, and I just loved how graciously it was pulled off! And yeah, I get what you mean about Kylo and Rey's duel in The Force Awakens! It was a pretty effective battle as well!
Ooooh, yes, the part with Luke confronting Kylo definitely psyched me up as well, especially when all the concentrated AT-AT fire didn't leave a single scratch on him! Loved how he just brushed it off! But like you, I had failed to notice that it was only a younger apparition of Luke, which I only noticed after remembering the flashback scenes during the film and the scene showing us that Luke was projecting himself from Ach-To! Seriously crazy stuff, man!
I agree, the film was definitely well made, and it only makes me excited to see what'll happen in Episode IX! And well, people will be people, and though there are people who love the new films, there are also people that'll always dislike them. It's just the way things are, ya know?
Actually, there was very little to compare The Last Jedi with Empire Strikes Back, at least in my opinion. The film was different enough that it didn't feel like a copy paste of Empire, as many people were pointing out that Force Awakens was a copy paste of A New Hope.
And honestly, I was also put off with Rey's parents. I mean, I honestly thought Luke was the father, but as it turns out, she literally came from nowhere, and she just so happens to be a Force-sensitive individual! It's not a bad thing, because Skywalkers aren't the only Force users, but for all the theories made, I actually thought she might be a Skywalker or a Kenobi or something! But yep, turns out Rey's parents were just regular folks!
I honestly laughed when Snoke died. It was a wtf moment for sure, and it was kind of like a fourth wall joke about how someone can easily be able to kill a villain who monologues a bit too much! And that's also something that really went south for fans, as theories had suggested that he was perhaps Darth Plagueis or Mace Windu or heck, even Jar Jar! But it turns out we might never know, as Snoke was only a means to an end to further Kylo's arc as the big bad of this trilogy! Snoke was simply the sacrifical lamb, so to speak!
Oh yeah, Leia dying at the beginning really caught me off guard! I mean, I was expecting her to die in this film since Carrie Fisher had died, and as such I thought that the character would somehow meet her demise, but I thought it would be near the end of the movie and not right at the beginning! I was shocked, but when I saw that stunt she pulled, dang I was surprised! She unlocked her full force potential at last, after a lifetime of films!
Yeah, Episode VIII overall was an enjoyable film, and I definitely enjoyed it from beginning to end, particularly the whole development between Kylo and Rey and how they could communicate via the Force! And Yoda appearing was definitely a surprise I loved, and seeing Luke in a different light was also refreshing! Just goes to show that not all heroes age well, and that even the mightiest of heroes change with time! And yes, I thought that Finn and Rose's scenes in this film were cute!
I wanna see Episode IX so badly! X_X
Edited by The Transcendent Key, 19 December 2017 - 08:15 PM.