The Last Jedi is, maybe (definitely?), the best Star Wars movie.

by MATT STOKES | DECEMBER 15, 2017

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We recorded a bonus episode of the podcast devoted entirely to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The first movie we ever discussed on the podcast was the original Star Wars, so the occasion of a new Star Wars movie seemed like it warranted a podcast update.

And, well, this might be an overreaction, since it’s only been a few hours since I’ve seen the movie, but…. yeah, this might be the best Star Wars movie ever. And I just watched The Empire Strikes Back, so it is fresh in my mind and I know how good it is.

The Last Jedi is heavy. Sturdy. Hefty. Weighty. Kick it, and your foot will hurt. I won’t be able to get it out of my mind for a while.

SPOILERS ABOUND in the podcast. You have been warned.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Director: Rian Johnson

Cast:
Luke Skywalker: Mark Hamill
Rey: Daisy Ridley
Kylo Ren: Adam Driver
Poe Damaron: Oscar Isaac
Finn: John Boyega
Leia Organa: Carrie Fisher
Rose Tico: Kelly Marie Tran
General Hux: Domhnall Gleason
Snoke: Andy Serkis
Admiral Holdo: Laura Dern

 

Released: December 14, 2017

Domestic Box Office: $604.3 million (updated 1/22/18)

91%

7.5/10

Verdict?

Laci says…

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