Total Nerd Reasons Why The Last Jedi Is So Much Better Than The Force Awakens  

John Saavedra
December 18, 2017 27.1k votes 2.8k voters 38.5k views 13 items Embed

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The Last Jedi is a great movie. In fact, it's easily the best Star Wars movie of the Disney era. Not only is it action-packed but it also moves the saga forward in a new direction. It can certainly be said that writer-director Rian Johnson had a bit more freedom to tell his story and take risks with the characters. J.J. Abrams simply didn't have that liberty when crafting The Force Awakens, a movie which was tasked with bringing the classic Star Wars experience back to a world that had seemingly moved on since the Prequel Trilogy.

There are many reasons that The Last Jedi is better than The Force Awakens and one of the main ones is that Episode VIII doesn't dwell so heavily on the past. Instead, it answers many of the big questions left over from its predecessor. Oh, and it features a lot more Luke Skywalker! 

Fans will undoubtedly clash over which Star Wars movie is best for the foreseeable future. But for now, the case can easily be made for The Last Jedi.

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Yoda Makes A Cameo


Yoda Makes A Cameo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Reasons Why The Last Jedi Is So Much Better Than The Force Awakens
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Those hoping to see Yoda, one of the most popular Jedi Masters, in The Force Awakens were left disappointed. Fortunately, The Last Jedi gives the little green alien a meaty cameo that showcases both his wisdom and quirky sense of humor. Original puppeteer and voice actor Frank Oz even reprised his role for the brief scene. 

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There's Way More Luke Skywalker


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As promised, there's way more Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Better yet, the movie fully pulls back the curtains on what's been going on with Luke for the past few years. This new version of Luke might shock you, though. He's no longer the great warrior from Return of the Jedi. Rey finds a broken man haunted by his failures and unwilling to help the galaxy fight off another evil empire. 

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Rey And Kylo Ren Have A Connection


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Rey and Kylo were depicted as opposites in The Force Awakens, one an agent of the dark side and the other a champion of the light. But being on opposite sides of the Force ultimately brings them closer together. In The Last Jedi, they have a mysterious connection that adds a lot of complexity to the usual hero/villain dynamic. 

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There Are Better War Scenes


There Are Better War Scenes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Reasons Why The Last Jedi Is So Much Better Than The Force Awakens
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The Force Awakens only featured two battle scenes, one of them just a rehash of the attack on the Death Star from A New Hope. The Last Jedi also features two, but they're infinitely more interesting, nice to look at, and way more exhilarating than the attack on Starkiller Base, which is perhaps the worst part of Episode VII.

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