There’s a reason to stay for the credits at the conclusion of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
No, Lucasfilm hasn’t taken a page out of Marvel’s playbook with a post-credits scene, but there is a touching tribute to the late Carrie Fisher midway through the end titles.
“In loving memory of our princess, Carrie Fisher,” a simple title card reads.
If your eyes aren’t already watery from the emotional two-and-a-half hours that preceded it, you’ll probably shed a few tears when the tribute pops on the screen.
Fisher, who originated the iconic role of Leia in the original “Star Wars” in 1977, died last December. In her final appearance as the Princess of the Rebellion turned General of the Resistence, Fisher delivers a solid, understated performance.
The only problem? Director and screenwriter Rian Johnson doesn’t give her all that much to do.
Johnson told the New York Times he didn’t adjust what happens to the character following Fisher’s death, but you can’t help but wonder about that especially after one of her early scenes, a sequence of events that is sure to draw criticism among fans.
Though her role is meatier here than it was in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Fisher is kept largely on the sidelines, but is still radiant in the scenes she’s in. The Star Wars princess even gets to share a heartfelt moment with Mark Hamill, reunited with her onscreen brother, Luke Skywalker, after all these years. The scene’s already highly emotional resonance is raised a few notches more with the knowledge that these two iconic actors and characters from your youth have shared their last scene together.