May the force be with you, folks. Yes it’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about Christmas… I’m talking about Star Wars!
I’m the past, my wife Elle and I saw loads of films at the cinema. But obviously since we had a baby, that shared hobby has been sacrificed. The Last Jedi is the first film we’ve seen together as a couple since before our baby Zack was born. So as a special treat, I took Elle to see The Last Jedi at the Odeon Lounge in Whiteleys.
This is a high-end cinema for adults with comfortable couches and waiter service. Elle and I have been here before we absolutely love it! I highly recommend an Odeon Lounge for an unforgettable cinema experience.
The lounge outside the screens is very comfortable and staffed by attentive and friendly people. It’s a great place to wait if you get to the screen early, as you can sit back in comfort with a drink.
While the bar serves a great selection of drinks, Elle and I went for the special Star Wars cocktails they had created especially for the movie 🙂
I went for the Dark Force and Elle had the Blue Force. They were both delicous and came with glowing stirrers that looked like lightsabers!
I was rocking a Star Wars Christmas jumper I received as a present last Christmas. It happened to match my cocktail 😛
I’d booked one of the twin couches so Elle and I could sit closer together – definitely the choicest seats for date night 🙂
The ‘call’ button allows service straight to your seat so you don’t miss any action. It feels decadent, but as a rare and expensive treat I say go all in and have no regrets!
As for the film itself… I really liked it!
It was quite unexpected in parts and I found myself genuinely dropping my jaw at a couple of moments. Mark Hamil was compelling throughout and really threw himself into this story.
The dramatic parts were super dramatic but there was still room for some light-hearted moments, some of which made me laugh out loud. In that respect, it felt oddly Marvel-esque in it’s tone.
The best aspect, however, was it’s exploration of the light and dark sides through their ‘representatives’ Rey and Kylo. While the light/dark conflict has always been at the heart of Star Wars, it has never been looked at with such complexity before. In a film packed full of space combat, the real drama is to be found in the exchanges between Rey and Kylo and how they came to be where they are now.
The Force Awakens rekindled the world’s love for Star Wars… but The Last Jedi delves deeper into what drives it’s characters. It’s not perfect, as a couple of characters felt unfortunately redundant in the shadow of the Rey and Kylo. But ultimately this film is a welcome sidestep away from a conventional blockbuster and towards something intriguing.
So that’s my take on The Last Jedi 🙂 Thanks for reading, folks! Feel free to share any thoughts in the comments.