A priori, to be chosen to deal with a project like Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi, with this size, could be strange or hardly understandable to those who know his career, which began with the great style exercise that was his opera prima, Brick (2008), of a cynical student blackness; which followed with The Bloom Brothers (2008), an agile, playful and slightly surreal scammer movie; and with Looper (2012), a tough and sometimes amazing work of scientific fiction, action and time travel. In addition, Johnson was able to direct some of the best episodes of the valued television series Breaking Bad (Vince Gilligan, 2008-2013), such as "The Fly" (3x10) or "Ozymandias" (3x14). And what they and their lengths have in common is that they are rogues and criminals, so it is possible to ensure that their adventures constitute the greatest narrative interest of this filmmaker.
Therefore, doubts about the reasons for their choice to carry out Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi; not because he cannot be considered a good filmmaker, but because space opera is not his subject, and the unquestionable importance of his first foray into the genre, economically and cinematographically speaking, did not help reduce uncertainty. The JJ Abrams for The Force Awakens was logical, and has ended up giving us the best of Star Wars and Star Trek, revitalizing them with their good work and audiovisual power, so it is completely understandable that he will also direct the Episode IX. But, in Johnson's case, one did not have them all with him, and he was baffled that he had even signed the script with his several turns and, above all, that LucasFilm, with Kathleen Kennedy at the helm, decided to commission him a future trilogy.
However, beyond genres, intimate interests and experience in films of such relevance, what must be understood is that Johnson has proven his worth as a filmmaker in at least two of his four feature films, the distinguished Brick and Looper, and with the First of all, as it stands clearly as one of the best of its year, which honors it more for being its premium opera. And, if LucasFilm really cares about the talent and artistic quality of the result as much as the commercial solvency, it should not surprise us that they bet without hesitation by filmmakers with Johnson's accredited curriculum even if it is released in the space opera and in the cinema more massive and really legendary with the last Jedi. And the truth is that he has not been seen with as much inspiration as Abrams, who happily counted on the invaluable help of screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3); but it cannot be said in any way that Johnson has not lived up to the challenge that was proposed or that the film in question is not satisfactory, watch now Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi and determine if this Star Wars movie is satisfactory for you or not.
They return to the big screen all the elements that have characterized the filmic myth that is Star Wars (Lucas, 1977), one of the pillars of what is considered modern cinema together with The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972), in the forties anniversary of its premiere to the glory of its followers: the adventures and space battles, the Force that unites life in each galaxy of the Universe, its sides of light and darkness and the exciting struggle between the two, the orientalist philosophy of trinket that It involves their religion, teachers and apprentices, imaginative technology and galactic coloring. And all this follows the hyper-known path that began in The Force Awakens, with the rebels fighting the totalitarian First Order and seeking hope of victory of good in the confrontation.
BB-8 is still a charm, but it dazzles less. The role of Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) is almost testimonial, although she is not deprived of a good disturbing scene; like those of Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), R2-D2 (Jimmy Vee) and Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong'o), who only appear to put their grain of sand in the development of the plot and in a mood that doesn't work as it should. Perhaps the influence of Rogue One (Gareth Edwards, 2016) is noticeable here in a hopelessness to the Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson, 2001-2003), and by the same arises in the last third at last and with an unusual strength the majestic figure of the mythical Luke Skywalker, in one of the best sequences of the film, watch online the movie and you'll see.