The Last Jedi is filled with all the special-effects spectacle that have been a part of this franchise from the beginning—images and moments stunning even by modern CGI standards. But far more importantly, The Last Jedi has soul. It feels light and funny at times, which is part of that soul. But it packs a bantha-sized emotional wallop when it needs to.
The Last Jedi isn’t perfect, morally or aesthetically. But it’s the best Star Wars film since the original trio, far outdistancing the prequels and bettering its more recent peers, too.