Review: Is Star Wars: The Last Jedi really as good as they say it is?

After ‘The Force Awakens’ and the surprisingly good off-shoot ‘Rogue One’, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has a lot to live up to.

Number two in a trilogy always carries the risk of being, well, a number two, but the force is well and truly alive with the biggest, boldest and richest film in Star Wars’ history.

Force Awakens set the scene perfectly and now Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker are very much at the forefront of the action once again , giving fans everything they’ve been hoping of and more.

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Every single scene is glorious to watch, with effects that blow the likes of Thor into a lesser good galaxy, far, far away.  Some of the set designs are visually stunning, clearly made specially for IMAX or 3D viewing.    In terms of tone, this is the Empire Strikes Back reloaded, and we mean that in a good way.

It’s also playful and dare we say funny.  Sure, there were moments that only die-hard fans lolled out in the screening we were in, but even fans who are newer to the story would have found light relief in many scenes.   Equally, Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) steals his scenes and has crafted a villain as legendary as Darth Vader himself.

If anything, we were surprised by the lack of screen time for Daisy Ridley’s Rey and John Boyega’s Finn, although Rey does have a key part to play in one of the several plotlines which play out.

There’s enough of the old to keep long-time Star Wars fans happy but the film manages to take another huge leap forward to ensure the franchise will live on for years to come.

Our Verdict: *****