The eighth episode of “The Star Wars” saga, “The Last Jedi,” has been, to say the least, polarizing.
While it has its champions — actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is a friend of writer-director Rian Johnson and who has a cameo in the film, recently penned an essay defending the film — some fans really have a problem with the direction it takes Mark Hamill’s iconic hero, Luke Skywalker.
My problems with the film lie less with that choice but in its execution. I reviewed it and saw it a second time on my own and find it a disjointing, overly long affair with highly questionable story choices, yet a film with visual flair, a few great moments and a really nice performance by Hamill. He is especially good in the film’s climactic stretch.
I stand by my more-positive-than-not review, but, as a longtime “Star Wars” fan, I still have trouble deciding if I ultimately would say I like or dislike the the film as a whole. Honestly, I lean toward the dark side on this one.
Maybe what I and others like me need is to see it, again, on a bigger screen.
The Great Lakes Science Center recently announced it will be be hosting a limited run of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at its Cleveland Clinic Dome Theater, with a first showing at 6 p.m. Jan. 26.
According to a news release from GLSC, the movie will be shown at 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 18. (It does note, however, that the showing on Saturday, Jan. 27, will be at 2 p.m.)
If you’ve ever seen a movie at the theater, which was renovated and given a new name in recent years, you know it can be an incredibly immersive experience, with a film practically wrapping around you. However, the release notes that while the theater’s “state-of-the-art digital projection system” will be used, the film’s original picture size will be preserved.
‘The Last Jedi’ (PG-13) will be presented using a state-of-the-art digital projection system, preserving the original picture-size.
Ticket details from the release: Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 216-621-2400, or at the Science Center box office. Ticket prices are $10.95 for adults ($8.95 for members), $9.95 for college students with ID, $8.95 for youth ages 2-12 and seniors age 65 and older ($7.95 for members). Concessions will be available, including beer and wine.
Mark Meszoros is not on track to see “The Last Jedi” in the theaters as many times as he did 2015’s “The Force Awakens.” Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros.