The Last Jedi is a controversial movie, dividing the audience into those celebrating it and those that hate it. Many of the latter have taken to the internet to dissect what the film does and whether it does it well, a handful of specific points about the movie have become particular focal points, one of those is Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) sacrificing herself to save the Resistance by jumping to hyperspace straight through Snoke’s flagship, thereby destroying Snoke’s flagship and fleet.
Whether Holdo scene’s emotional impact outweighs whatever story complications and subsequent retconning it causes are up for debate. However, “The Holdo Maneuver” may be the most beautifully executed in the entire movie and it remains a visually, sonically, and emotionally indelible moment.
The broader problem of light speed ramming was addressed in the next movie, when one year after the Battle of Crait, Beaumont Kin proposed to use the Holdo maneuver against the Sith Eternal fleet, but the former stormtrooper Finn dismissed it as a “one-in-a-million” shot. The maneuver, however, was later used to destroy a Final Order vessel above the forest moon of Endor.
The film was written and directed by Rian Johnson. It is the second installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015), and it is the eighth episode of the nine-part “Skywalker saga”.
The film’s ensemble cast includes Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Frank Oz in returning roles, with Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benicio del Toro joining the cast. It features the first posthumous film performance by Fisher, who died in December 2016, and the film is dedicated to her memory.