Annlyel shares her favourite moment from Rian Johnson’s continuation of the sequel saga – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Last Jedi has had a rough history. By some, it’s regarded as a storytelling masterpiece by bringing a true sense of understanding to the overall saga in a thrilling culmination for the film. Others regard it as simply garbage. I’m caught in the middle. There are things about the film that I don’t like and then there are things about the movie that I LOVE. Of course, I’m here to talk about what I love within The Last Jedi and the particular scene that I love the most. Honestly, it’s a bit of a challenge. There are a lot of scenes that take the film to the next level of enjoyment and have managed to dazzle me over the years but after thinking long and hard about it I have a clear answer.
Like The Force Awakens, my favorite scene in The Last Jedi involves Luke Skywalker, and for good reason.
It’s when he returns to the fray, to fight back and ultimately sacrifice himself for the Resistance. The entire plot of The Last Jedi is building to this heroic moment from the Jedi master and honestly when looking back at his story as a whole; at the emotional challenges he’s had to face and the people he has had to lose throughout this entire journey, in his loss of belief in the Jedi and the sadness that followed his nephew’s transition to the dark side, all of this culminates into what is one of the greatest moments in the entire saga.
Whether we’re talking about the epic setting or the mind-boggling cinematography, the exhilarating showdown where Luke Skywalker never once! attacks, harking on the ancient wisdom Yoda once told him (“The Force is used for knowledge and defense. Never for attack), or simply the realization Luke has when he realizes that he is not the last Jedi. That the Jedi, hence the Light, will live on through Rey, and Leia, (and maybe even Finn and Ben Solo.) So much powerful storytelling is thrust in this one moment that it’s honestly staggering to think about.
Yes, Luke Skywalker wasn’t the hero we expected. Yes, he was a grumpy hermit on an island and didn’t want to have anything to do with the troubles of the galaxy but honestly, can you blame him? I understand what he was going through and I appreciate Rian Johnson for giving a realistic approach to Luke’s storyline and such an impactful conclusion to his journey.
This is undoubtedly my favorite scene in The Last Jedi and I am very interested in seeing how Luke Skywalker’s return in The Rise of Skywalker can possibly surmount this incredible moment.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker culminates the saga from December 19th in the UK and December 20th in the US.
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Annlyel James is a prolific Staff Writer for Future of the Force. She is passionate about Star Wars and Marvel but loves a wide variety of movie genres. Follow her on Twitter @annlyeljames where she channels the Force frequently!