The world-wide release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi brought in over $1 billion to the box offices during the Christmas period.
When you compare and contrast the differences between Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi and J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens, it is apparent The Force Awakens brought in better reviews.
For starters, box offices earnings are always a big discussion point when talking about movies. The Force Awakens made around $2 billion, $1 billion more than The Last Jedi.
Luke Skywalker was a character we missed in The Force Awakens; he has a cameo role for the last 10 seconds of the movie. Saying that, we all expected him to play a huge role in The Last Jedi, especially after the trailer.
SPOILER ALERT: But Skywalker spent half of The Last Jedi telling Rey he wasn’t going to teach her the Jedi ways. The scene of Luke and Rey is very repetitive. Unlike in The Force Awakens, where it is the beginning of a new Star Wars era and is more of a story.
In The Last Jedi, Luke randomly appears to save everyone, fights Kylo Ren for about 10 seconds and then dies. When you see Luke and Kylo walking towards each other, the hatred is in the air and it feels like there is going to be an epic lightsaber fight, like Anakin Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith.
The way Luke was portrayed in The Force Awakens was good at the end and the producers could have kept him alive to be Rey’s teacher. This would have broadened the plot. But now the first generation of Star Wars characters are gone.
The Force Awakens is the start of a new plot in the Star Wars era. It is interesting and drops a big cliffhanger going into The Last Jedi. The cliffhanger at the end of The Force Awakens makes you think Luke will be a key character in the newest movie.
The Last Jedi didn’t live up to its hype after the praise it received going into its release because of Luke’s short appearance. screenwriter Rian Johnson got that part wrong.
SPOILER ALERT: Something else that was very different between the two movies was the relationship between Kylo Ren and Rey. In The Force Awakens, the two characters have something against each other but in The Last Jedi they form a connection which Star Wars fans hope is developed more in the next movie.
SPOILER ALERT: Supreme Leader Snoke was a very mysterious character who was introduced in The Force Awakens. His character was not explored in any depth.
Finally, in The Last Jedi, it is discovered who Snoke really is and many fans assume his intentions will be explored. But shortly after his character is introduced he is killed by Kylo Ren and then that’s that. So the plot is still left with Snoke’s motivations unknown.
There are also details thought to be released during The Last Jedi. Like, who are Rey’s parents? What went on with Kylo Ren and Luke at the Jedi school? All these questions are still unanswered.
Lots of people have different opinions about which movie is better. But the one movie that has gone under the radar is Rogue One.
The movie was released in 2016 and was without a doubt one of the best Star Wars movies. It ties in well with the old trilogy, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
To wrap things up, J.J. Abrams has been given the reins for Star Wars IX, and given how well he wrote The Force Awakens, there can be lots of excitement over the next movie. This new generation of Star Wars episodes is set to be released in 2019.