Ask any Star Wars fan their thoughts on The Last Jedi, and you’ll either start an argument or find a new friend.
There were few middle-of-the-road opinions on this blockbuster.
At RottenTomatoes.com, 90 percent of movie critics liked it but only 48 percent of fans did so. One fan on the site called it “the worst Star Wars movie ever made.” Another labeled it a “pile of bantha poodoo.”
Still, it got an “A” grade in the CinemaScore exit polling – and I’m among the moviegoers who loved it.
The Last Jedi is fourth on my list of favorite Star Wars films, trailing only The Empire Strikes Back, A New Hope and The Force Awakens. Yes, the director and the producers took liberties with the plot and the story arc, but the film also included more twists and turns than an episode of 24.
Here’s the good news: The Last Jedi releases on digital platforms on March 13, two weeks before the DVD and Blu-ray versions release on March 27. If you haven’t watched it yet, you can decide for yourself!
The Last Jedi contains a moderate amount of violence and about six coarse words, but no sexuality.
Of course, this newest Star Wars film – like every other film in that universe – has elements of pantheism (the belief that everything and everyone is “god.) The Jedi teachings also are called a “religion.” The worldview is definitely worth a post-movie discussion if you have children.
The Last Jedi is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence.
Other notables on DVD this month:
The Man Who Invented Christmas (PG, DVD March 6, Digital Feb. 20) – It’s the untold story of how Charles Dickens created A Christmas Carol. I considered this film an instant Christmas classic, even though I wasn’t crazy about the movie title. (It was Jesus, and not Charles Dickens, who invented Christmas.) Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language.
Thor: Ragnarok (PG-13, DVD March 6, Digital Feb. 20) – Minus two sexually suggestive jokes and a bit of language, this movie could have been the clean version of Guardians of the Galaxy. Oh well. Take that stuff out, and it’s quite entertaining. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material.
Justice League (PG-13, DVD March 13, Digital Feb. 13) – I enjoy superhero films, but Justice League may be the worst one I’ve watched. Most of the characters aren’t likeable, the humor falls flat, and the plot is confusing. Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action.
Ferdinand (PG, DVD March 13, Digital Feb. 27) – Based on the 1936 children’s book The Story of Ferdinand about a lovable bull, this animated film has tons of life lessons for children. It was nominated for an Oscar. Rated PG for rude humor, action and some thematic elements.
Jumanji (PG-13, DVD March 20, Digital March 6) – Have you ever hated a movie that seemingly everyone loved? That’s me and Jumanji. There’s too much language (55 coarse words), too many sexually suggestive references (I lost count) and humor better suited for immature middle schoolers. Rated PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content and some language.
— by Michael Foust
Foust is a movie critic, a husband, and the father of four small children.