To start with a brief summary, this film allowed me to finally get past the disgrace that was The Force Awakens and convinced me with the improbable notion that there is life left in the franchise after all. And that comes after TFA, with its shameless mishmash of self-plagiarism and uninspired fanfic-esque new characters, had left me completely convinced of the opposite. Let\'s be honest, The Last Jedi is not exactly the best of the best. Although it finally dares to leave the safe terrain of recycling the previous film rested at, it is still bloated, histrionic, argumentally indecisive and overloaded with shocking twists that look straight out of a quick \"what do we do now\"-themed brainstorming session. Its pacing is also incredibly tiring, as the whole second part of this over-two-hours film is an overextended final battle in itself, and some of the traditional Star Wars inconsistencies are there as well. It also contains rather narmy new additions to the cast (\"Guys, we have already a woman, a black guy and a ho yay guy, do we have any other discriminated group left?\" \"Let\'s add a Chinese girl and a Hispanic guy\" \"Good, but not discriminated enough. We will make her chubby and him a stutterer\") and imaginarium (\"Guys, guys, why not turning Montecarlo into a planet?\" \"Lol, let\'s do it\"), and finally, many characters seem to appear in the film solely to show the producers haven\'t forgotten them. And yet, the film somehow works. It manages to create and subvert expectations both in character deaths and plot revelations, showcases real conflicts and personal depth even if they take outlandish directions, does not shy away from bringing new storylines instead of making a living off the past of the franchise, and avoids overusing characters to the point of the marysueness (or just plain annoyance) like TFA received not enough flak for. Its soundtrack and visuals stand out too: John Williams\'s score proves once again that he never lets down, and the scene of a certain character\'s kamikaze attack makes single-handedly the money worthy by being heartbreakingly beautiful. If all of this still fails at making the TLJ a truly solid Star Wars chapter, it surely turns it into an incredibly entertaining one. I would have never believed I could say it, but I completely recommend it. Even if the film\'s outcome leaves us in the dark about the future the saga might take, it has been now proven that there is a true intention behind it (weird and questionable as it might be) and not just a shallow cashgrabbing exercise. And that, at least for me, is what makes legendary film franchises what they are.
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