The Galactic Republic sits in ashes, The First Order reaches out to claim the galaxy, and a young girl seeks a master to show her the way. The Last Jedi picks up more or less right where The Force Awakens leaves off, bringing new and old favorites back to the big screen for another fantastic tale where the fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance.

It’s tough to discuss The Last Jedi in any level of detail without introducing spoilers, so if you’re looking for the nitty gritty on the film, you’ll have to look elsewhere. I made extra effort this time around to avoid as much of the hype as I could. Then, after safely watching the film without having gotten ahold of any spoilers, I was ready to take to the internet again. To my surprise, I saw that a great many of my fellow Star Wars fans were not pleased with the newest release in the franchise. While I don’t really feel like arguing the merits of The Last Jedi on the internet, the experience did make me realize that The Last Jedi is a polarizing film. It seems people either love it or hate it.

I personally loved the film. While I do have a few minor gripes here or there, I ultimately found The Last Jedi an intricate and engrossing tale. As expected, the film looks great and fans will get the amazing visuals they have come to expect from the franchise, but there is more going on here than just good looks. There are some pretty spectacular things going on between the characters, and those who want more perspective on the Star Wars mythology are going to get it. The Last Jedi pushes the boundaries of what we can expect from a Star Wars film, and for those who want to see the franchise evolve this is a definite step in the right direction.

As usual, I will need a few more viewings before I start fitting The Last Jedi into the rest of the Star Wars universe, and things like ranking it amongst the other Star Wars films will have to wait a while. That being said, I walked out of the theater last weekend feeling like my mind had been blown a little bit (in a good way), and that the wonderful space opera that has always held such a special place in my heart is still relevant and is still capable of doing great things onscreen.