Rated: PG-13

Distributed By:

Disney

Directed by:

Rian Johnson

Starring:

Daisy Ridley as Rey; Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker; Adam Driver as Kylo Ren; Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa; Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron

Adapted From:

Plugged In

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

by Adam Holz

Even though Star Wars is one of the biggest movie series of all time, it’s still got problems for many families.

The Last Jedi picks up where 2015’s The Force Awakens left off. As this movie opens, General Leia leads the Resistance against the evil First Order. Meanwhile, Rey has found the famous Jedi Luke Skywalker on an isolated planet. Rey wants Luke to help the Resistance, but Luke isn’t sure he wants to get involved.

It all builds to a big battle in the end, with a few violent clashes earlier—especially between Kylo Ren and his master, Supreme Leader Snoke—that might be too much for young viewers. We also hear a handful of bad words along the way.

The Last Jedi gives fans plenty of what they’ve come to expect: space battles, light saber duels, surprising plot twists and heroes to cheer for. This time, though, the story also includes a lot of conversation about the Force. Luke calls it a “religion.” We see the “holy books” that have guided that religion for more than 1,000 generations. There’s talk about the Light and Dark Sides of the Force being in balance—an idea similar to the real-world religions of Taoism and Hinduism.

If your family chooses to watch this movie, remember that “the Force” isn’t part of Christianity. Make sure you talk about the spiritual ideas it teaches—and how what we believe as Christians differs from Star Wars.

”At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” —Philippians 2:10-11, ESV

Star Wars teaches that good and evil must stay in balance. That might sound like a good thing, but it actually contradicts a core teaching of Christianity.

Jesus didn’t die to “balance out” evil. He died and rose again to bring those who trust Him forgiveness, redemption and wholeness. According to Scripture, good triumphs completely. Everyone will recognize the source of all that is good and true: Jesus Christ.

It will be so clear, the Bible teaches, that every person will bow before Jesus! That’s a much more hopeful message than good and evil fighting forever and staying “balanced.”

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