Have you been disappointed with Kylo Ren?

: "Star Wars: The Last Jedi": Space saga disappoints across the board

Mark Hamill has to be grateful to his inventor to this day. Or curse him. When director George Lucas was looking for a suitable innocent face for the role of Luke Skywalker in 1976, the largely unknown actor landed reluctantly on the cast couch:

A friend first had to persuade Hamill. Lucas engaged the then 25-year-old on the spot and made him one of the most famous faces on the planet with the film "Star Wars" and the resulting "Star Wars" trilogy. Mark Hamill became Luke Skywalker, inseparable, indistinguishable, and because of that he was denied a great career - who wanted to see the star warrior in another film?

The seriousness of saving the world

After all, Mark Hamill, world-famous as Luke Skywalker, earned his cinematic merits as a voice actor in the 90s. He lent his voice to the evil Joker in the animated series "Batman" and provided him with an infernal laugh that became a well-known trademark.

However, in his gestural and facial repertoire, Hamill, which was not particularly varied anyway, was not to be seen there. So what a pleasure to meet him again in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015). At the very end of the film, his lightsaber from old Jedi times is brought back to him - the scrap collector Rey (Daisy Ridley) from the planet Jakku had made the long journey especially for this.

What is ironic about this episode of Star Wars, also known as "Episode VII", is that the smuggler Han Solo was killed in it, but Harrison Ford, who embodies him, remains the only actor who has a great one, unlike Mark Hamill and the rest of the Star Wars cast Hollywood career was granted. So Mark Hamill is the last survivor.

But only marginally. It is significant for the story and its progress that Han Solo was murdered by his son Ben Solo alias Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) - a deadly father-son conflict, as we know it from Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. The insidious Kylo Ren is now preparing to inherit the latter arch-villain. Which brings us to the current film "Star Wars: The Last Jedi".

After a spaceship and laser cannon skirmish, the scrap collector Rey lands on a sea-tossed island of the remote water planet Ahch-To. This is where the shaggy-bearded Luke Skywalker, who has grown old and tired, has withdrawn and here, cared for by bird-like nuns, ekes out his monk-ascetic life.

Luke is the last of the once proud Jedi order, he has resolved that this order, which he believes has brought so much harm to the galaxy, should also die with him. But Rey, who feels a certain talent for power, finally convinces the shaggy owl to train her - to become a powerful Jedi fighter. Meanwhile, on the imperial opposite side, the no less powerful Kylo Ren is getting ready ...

And so things take their course in "Episode VIII". Gut fights against evil, the light side of power against the dark, Rey against Kylo - whereby the two protagonists have to endure a number of conflicts due to their immense power and the associated potential for destruction, especially as torturers of self-discovery and self-doubt.

Does whoever want the good actually do the good? Whoever wants evil does, because really only evil? In short, as always with “Star Wars”, there is a celebration of inwardness disguised as a quasi-religious metaphysics of omnipotence, driven by a heart-aching world salvation fury and at the same time completely irony-free. While one could still hope for the interim episode “Roque One” (2016) that the Star Wars universe would finally loosen up, then the dull seriousness reigns again.

Too few show values

This is difficult to bear with a film that lasts a good two and a half hours. Just one example: What are the endless my-father-was-stupid-justification monologues of the lightsaber-wielding, incessantly slaughtering Kylo Ren?

And if the Star Wars deal so far consisted of being compensated for this quark of feelings with full show values, with breathtaking spaceship battle choreographies, with scene ornaments that are lovingly furnished down to the smallest detail, with funny characters that are actually insignificant for the story, but just kindle the desire to see - then this deal with "The Last Jedi" was canceled. There is hardly anything here to be fed up with. There is relentless idling here.

The cozy reunion with Mark Hamill doesn't change that, not even the one with the late Carrie Fischer, Princess Leia from the early days of the Star Wars and now General Leia Organa. "The Last Jedi" was her last film. So many bitter goodbyes: May the force be with the ninth episode.