After the destruction of Starkiller base in Force Awakens, General Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) orders all Resistance to evacuate to avoid the First Order’s retaliation. The First Order’s fleet arrives during the evacuation and ace pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Issac) and BB-8 (played by himself) head off the Orders dreadnought flagship, giving cover for their bombers to destroy it, despite suffering heavy losses themselves. With the big gun taken out, the Resistance jumps to hyperspace to escape.
Meanwhile on the set of Skellig Michael, Rey (Daisy Ridley) is meeting her idol, the titular last jedi, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and presents him with his father’s lightsaber… which he promptly throws away. (Aw, it’s like Grumpy Ol Han never left). Luke has been living in self imposed exile and cut himself off from the Force, and he refuses to reach Rey, despite her insistence that the Resistance needs him. After badgering from Chewie and R2, Luke concedes but insists to Rey that the time of the Jedi is over.
Back onboard the Resistance flagship, Finn (John Boyega) wakes up healed from his injuries. Suddenly, the First Order arrives from hyperspace and begins to pursue the Resistance to destroy them for good. Leia is hospitalized and all other commanders are killed, the Resistance is just able to keep out of the First Orders range but their going to run out of fuel in a matter of hours. In order to escape the fleet, Finn, Poe and newcomer Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) comes up with a plan to sabotage the tracking device and lose them for good.
Back with Rey, Luke begins giving her a tutorial in the Force and teaching her why he believes the Jedi order must end, citing the failures of the old council, their hypocrisy and hubris for allowing the Empire to rise (apparently Luke watched the prequel trilogy) (zing!). But it turns out Luke’s reasons are far more personal, he blames himself for failing his nephew Ben( Adam Driver) and his subsequent turn to the Dark Side and him becoming Kylo Ren.
Rey reassures Luke that Ben can still turn away from the Dark Side and from Snoke (Andy Serkis). All the while Rey and Ben are being drawn together by the Force and both felling uncertain where their true alliance lies.
The force is strong with this installment, combining high stakes drama with plenty of character moments and great humour sprinkled throughout, and real conflict in our protagonists and villain, also the big question regarding the identity of Rey’s parents is addressed and possibly answered, but I wouldn’t be spoiling anything.
This Christmas, why bother with a turkey when you can adopt a Porg? Adorable beakless birds from Luke Skywalker’s island, a Porg isn’t just for Christmas, it’s for Christmas dinner.