Star Wars: The Last Jedi is not as bad as the prequels, which is one of the sadly few redeeming qualities that Kyle Smith of National Review finds. The movie seems to recycle story elements seen before in the franchise, while throwing in plot-twists that seem forced and out of place. Luke Skywalker turns into Rey's Yoda-like mentor. Characters behave erratically and very much unlike themselves. Weird jokes and one-liners rob the movie of drama, making action scenes less breathtaking. Certain moments seem awfully forced, in a poor bid to appear cool. The Last Jedi tries too hard to be a cult classic, hurting itself in the process.
Beautiful, packed with action, deep and witty, the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise is highly worth watching, argues Ty Burr of The Boston Globe. Talented acting, sharp cinematography and powerfully directed fight scenes make the movie breathtaking and enjoyable. Darth Vader can’t be replicated, but Adam Driver does a great job at channeling a young villain. With great directing and cinematography, the Star Wars atmosphere that everyone knows and loves re-emerges. The plot twists and turns, showing off each characters’ qualities. The Last Jedi embodies everything good about Star Wars, creating a thrilling and fun spectacle.