Film Discussion

Best of 2017… Film – Movies still to look forward to

Nick Lay casts an eye forward to the films we still have to get excited about in 2017...

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Speaking of Star Wars… here we go again. Following the safe-as-houses disappointment (or awesome return, depending on who you ask) that was The Force Awakens, Disney veered off from the main series last year to give us the well-received side project, Rogue One. But now it is time for the full steak and chips. Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper), The Last Jedi is arguably the series’ last chance to try something off the beaten path; to move sort of far, far away from the grip of the original trilogy.

While the initial teaser did the opposite at times, with numerous references to Empire, and the Skywalker lineage already set to play an overly central role in the plot thanks to TFA, hope remains strong that Johnson, along with key players Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and that man Hamill, will deliver an original, memorable picture. For most, Jedi will also be the onscreen so long to Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia both, a moment that is bound to stir up plenty of emotion.

UK release date: December 15

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