Alright, now that “The Last Jedi” has been out for nearly 2 years and some of the dust has settled, I think it’s time we discuss. This film has sparked major controversy in the die hard “Star Wars” fan base as well as with critics.

And if you’ve seen it, you know exactly why. Let’s not beat around the bush, this installment of the franchise was unlike any other “Star Wars.” Everything from the allegiances of the characters to the new force abilities that were introduced made the entire film feel unstable and unpredictable – and that’s why it’s awesome.

Before the release of “Episode 8” every “Star Wars” fan on Earth uttered the same statement in the months leading up to its release. “This better not be a rip off of “The Empire Strikes Back!”” We said. With “The Force Awakens” closely following the story line of its 1977 predecessor “A New Hope” it’s fair to say that the world was hoping for something more original in the 2nd installment of the new trilogy. And it didn’t disappoint.

Kylo Ren kills Supreme Leader Snoke, Rey and Kylo briefly join forces, and it’s revealed that Luke nearly murdered his own nephew, successfully turning him to the dark side. Woah. Betchya didn’t see that coming! You asked for a surprise, and you got what you wished for. So don’t complain.

Now, “The Last Jedi” isn’t exactly a flawless film. We see Princess Leia nearly killed by the first order, but she magically uses the force to fly through space and back to safety. Yeah, lame. I don’t care what galaxy you’re from. You can’t breathe in space. Strike one. And let’s not forget Rey’s cheesy kung-fu light saber fighting moves on Ahch-To. Strike two.

But let’s be real. In terms of character development, it’s the most sophisticated film in the series. Yes, even more so than the almighty “Episode 5” (trust me, I don’t say that lightly.) We come to realize that people a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, are not so different from us.

There’s real moral conflict taking place in the inner lives of the characters, unlike some previous episodes where characters are portrayed as being either incorruptibly good or relentlessly evil. Kylo Ren has a conscience, Luke has a dark side, and Rey is stuck in between.

“The Last Jedi” made me laugh, cry, scream, and everything in between. You’re not being cool by slinging criticisms at this movie like bratty little kids egging their neighbor’s house. It doesn’t make you “A true Star Wars fan.” It makes you rebel scum. All things considered, the force is strong with this movie.

Despite it's flaws, I give "The Last Jedi" a 7/10. The 9th installment of the franchise "The Rise of Skywalker" will be hitting theaters this December. The nearest location for those of you living in and around St. Cloud will probably be Marcus Parkwood Cinema in Waite Park. Hopefully I'll see you there opening night.

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