Kyunki Kylo Ren Bhi Kabhi Kool Tha

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Kyunki Kylo Ren Bhi Kabhi Kool Tha

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

The latest episode in the never-ending Star Wars universe, The Last Jedi, dropped today, with much hype and monies. The film, which is basically an on-screen adaptation of the annotated item in the shareholder’s book marked “profit projections”, stutters through an unsatisfying flight and lands weirdly. Its only accomplishment: Creating hype for the next Star Wars film, which will hype the one after that in turn, in its ultimate plan to repackage ’70s nostalgia for a generation addicted to hype.

Now as much as I enjoyed The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi seems plain silly. Its only point is to live on in the hope that its audience doesn’t squint hard enough to see its empty soul.

The movie takes off from where The Force Awakens left us. Daisy Ridley’s Rey finds Luke Skywalker and is trying to get him to train her ASAP. The Resistance is led by an overly buoyant Oscar Isaac as Poe, who is both struggling with attacks from The First Order as well as his new-found role as the emotional commander of The Resistance, as General Leia copes with an illness that can be best described as “coma adjacent”.

Our man John Boyega bt dubs, finds only quasi-love with Rose, played by Kelly Marie Trann, since his hero complex forces him to again try and save everyone on his own. Lastly, and hilariously, teenage Space Devdas aka Kylo Ren is still as mopey as ever. Having killed his dad in the previous film for an appraisal, he is now trying to destroy the other father figures in his life.

The Last Jedi’s only point is to live on in the hope that its audience doesn’t squint hard enough to see its empty soul.

The Kylo Ren problem, even if we ignore all the logistical anomalies in the film (like when Finn flies an old-ass plane through a laser, which is in the process of obliterating a door made of a million tonnes) brings the entire experience down. Rey pulls off an electrifying performance, but while Adam Driver gives his Ren a remarkable restraint, he is let down by the writing – which is way closer to the tweets of Emo Kylo Ren than the film’s writer-director Rian Johnson would like to admit. Kylo drops lines like, “Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you are meant to be”. I’m sure his underlings snigger at the watercooler after lunch every day. To earn some respect, the dude should just go full Shah Rukh Khan and wear a pendant with the word “cool” embossed on it, because without it, this episode of Kyunki Kylo Bhi Kabhi Kool Tha falls mostly flat.