Even if you've never actually seen a Star Wars movie, the odds are that you've heard of them. And that means you've probably also heard of the latest installment in the franchise, The Last Jedi. But, before you merrily head off to the theater to watch it, you might want to know how long Star Wars: The Last Jedi is, so you can plan accordingly. In following with the growing trend of action-based films stretching well into the two-hour mark, this science-fiction movie will also keep you occupied for multiple hours.
But, just how long is long, you ask? Well, after using my top-notch journalistic and reporting skills I can tell you this: the movie boasts to be about two hours and 32 minutes, according to Google and also IMDb. But, that amount of time is actual running time, and doesn't include those pesky previews. So, really, you should probably be blocking off at least three hours of your schedule to go see the movie. But that's not to say it won't be worth it. The film has already garnered dozens of positive reviews, as well as some Oscar buzz. So, while going to see it may very well be an event, it will also probably (definitely) be a worthwhile one.
Even if you aren't a fan of the original Star Wars movies, the latest film will still probably be interesting to you. There are strong female lead characters, throwbacks to the past, and plenty of action sequences to help you along the way. According to Variety's review of the movie:
The Last Jedi contains more character moments and detail than the franchise has seen in years. It’s going to reach deeper into viewers’ hearts, just like The Empire Strikes Back before it.
And if that's not enough to entice you, maybe this will do the trick: for all you Big Little Lies fans out there, there's a familiar face in The Last Jedi, and it isn't Reese Witherspoon's precious little on-screen daughter with the impeccable music taste. No, it's Hollywood icon Laura Dern.
Yes, while it's been kept pretty hush-hush before the movie premiere, Dern has a pretty big role in The Last Jedi, and it now has just about everyone talking. Dern plays Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, a purple-haired leader in The Resistance who was childhood friends with Carrie Fischer's Princess Leia. And for Dern, filming The Last Jedi felt eerily familiar. In an interview with HuffPost, Dern explained that "it seemed like we were in an indy movie – exploring the light and the dark within each character." She continued:
It is like what independent filmmakers that I have worked with love to explore, that’s what George Lucas invented. That’s why it [Star Wars] stands the test of time. It’s not a franchise. It’s a legacy of the deepest story telling we have.
Clearly, even if you aren't too into science fiction or action, The Last Jedi seems to be a movie about the age-old battle of light and dark, good and bad. And for that reason, and so many more, it really is a movie for everyone.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi also sees a new director and writer than the previous movies. While 2015's, The Force Awakens was headed by J.J. Abrams, and the latest installment sees Rian Johnson take the lead. According to TIME, Johnson does a stellar job of making sure the movie feels both exciting and important:
He does well by every character, the old ones—like Storm Trooper-turned-Resistance-fighter Finn (John Boyega)—as well as the new: Laura Dern shows up as a military leader with a fluff of violet flapper hair that belies the steel at her core.
The Last Jedi may be long, but it's also been long-awaited, and because of that, fans don't seem to mind the extended running time. But, let's be real, you're going to want to see the movie and what better way to spend two and a half hours at the theater, right?
Check out Romper's new video series, Romper's Doula Diaries:
Watch full episodes of Romper's Doula Diaries on Facebook Watch.