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MARK HAMILL AS LUKE SKYWALKER IN THE LAST JEDI

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PROJECT: The Last Jedi YEAR: 2018 INTRO: The second STAR WARS movie in the new trilogy after Disney bought the franchise from George Lucas. TALENT: Mark Hamill KNOWN FOR: STAR WARS and for us, CORVETTE SUMMER.

CHARACTER: Luke Skywalker POSITION:  At this point, everyone knows who Skywalker is, and that’s the intention: he is to THE LAST JEDI what Han Solo was to the first new-franchise picture, THE FORCE AWAKENS: although first-billed the old-timers are third to fourth hat to the new characters that are good, especially Daisy Ridley as Rey, the new heroine who thinks she could be, guess what? TRAITS: It seemed that Mark’s Luke would be the new Obi Wan, training the new central character Jedi the ropes, but writer/director Rian Johnson decided to make Luke a dry and caustic curmudgeon who, living in a remote tropical island, wants nothing to do with The Force or this new star war against his nephew/Darth Vader’s grandson. GOAL: The problem is that Luke doesn’t have any goal. Rey tries to talk him into it. The audience, meanwhile, wants Luke to be Luke but he stands firm to be a vegetable, even while giving her one quick lesson in lotus meditation. It’s obvious The Force is based on Buddhism but it’s a bit too obvious here, for the first time in the franchise. They might as well have had a pot-bellied statue of Yoda.

URGENCY: That’s the 11th hour when Luke does save the day, and it makes up for his idyllic spite, and Hamill turns in a good performance albeit mostly a one-dimensional grouch. CLOSURE: Since Han Solo died in AWAKENS it was predictable that Hamill would kick it here. That’s until Carrie Fisher died in real life. But they just had to let the epicenter of the entire franchise go. Now all vets will be missing, including Chewbecca, played by a new actor who has thinner shoulders and is five inches shorter than Peter Mayhew. Fans notices. Well, this one did (and with SOLO coming, does). MEDIA: Cult Film Freak Review of THE LAST JEDI.

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