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Review: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi - Sprawling saga rumbles on


By Damon Smith

The battle between good and evil intensifies in the next chapter of the sprawling space saga. At 152 minutes, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is comfortably the longest instalment of the franchise, setting up gasp-inducing shocks ahead of the concluding salvo of this trilogy, which is due for release in December 2019. Hang on to your lightsabres...

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) welcomes Rey (Daisy Ridley) to his island retreat and he agrees to train her for the war that looms on the horizon against Snoke (Andy Serkis), Supreme Leader of the First Order, and his vengeful protege Ren (Adam Driver). Rey's raw, and untapped powers terrify Luke and he begins to realise the pivotal role she will play in shaping the destiny of the rebellion - or perhaps bringing about its downfall. Meanwhile, General Leia (Carrie Fisher) is still reeling from her tragic loss and First Order stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) confronts his inglorious past when he comes face to face with his former superior, Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie).

Heartbreaking sacrifices must be made in the pursuit of lasting peace but with the balance of power delicately poised, one reckless decision could prove fatal.

Four stars

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