|Directed by||:||Rian Johnson||Produced by||:||Kathleen Kennedy, Ram Bergman||Based on||:||Characters by George Lucas||Starring||:||Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis||Production company||:||Lucasfilm Ltd.||Country||:||United States|
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Makes The Force Awakens Much More Interesting
The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens Spoilers Ahead!
I’ve seen The Last Jedi twice now. I liked it the first time, and my appreciation only grew on my second viewing. I was just as aware of its problems, but I also developed a better appreciation for what the movie does right and how intentionally it does those things. I’ve said it before: Most things are better the second time around.
On my initial viewing of The Last Jedi, I found the first half of the movie to be enjoyable but a bit rote, largely because I was assuming that the good guys’ plan would work in the end. Second time around, I knew that their plan would not only fail, but fail so spectacularly that hundreds of Resistance members would needlessly die. Other things I knew going into that second viewing: Snoke was kind of a joke, Kylo Ren was a mixed up dope, Poe needed to drop the hotshot bit and become a better leader, Rey was not descended from Jedi royalty, and Luke largely saw himself as a failure. Once I knew all that, it made the movie’s initially less gripping first half a lot more interesting.
A couple days after my second viewing of The Last Jedi, I rewatched The Force Awakens. Unsurprisingly, I found that just as I liked parts of The Last Jedi more once I knew what was going to happen, I also liked its predecessor more now that I knew what came after it. Here are a few things from The Force Awakens that felt interestingly different after watching The Last Jedi.