My spoiler free review:
Looks like Jeff embodies my co-workers review then to a degree. That said, that means I’ll probably love it then. I’ll let you know in a few months when I rent it.
If I started typing out what I liked and disliked about the movie, my list would look almost identical to @Jango’s list. What I will reiterate though is this, the entire casino section was bad. Like prequel bad. Benicio’s character was trash and did NOT need a stutter to make him even more annoying. The CGI was out-of-place and I was just waiting for Finn and Rose to start talking about how they hate sand. But that scene can’t be removed because it ties directly into the final scene with the kid and the broom. Ugh.
But, to offset that garbage, this movie has probably my favorite scene in any Star Wars movie ever: When Kylo ignites the saber through Snoke and then force pulls it through his torso, and the slow motion of Kylo and Rey turning to face the Royal Guard is so stinking good. The opening battle—great! The final scene with Luke vs the entire First Order—also great. Yoda—awesome! Luke dying… I’ll have to get over that.
I think the problem people have with this movie is that it’s not a bad movie by any means, it’s just not the movie they built up in their own heads. The old books where Luke was a god, expectations about Rey’s family or Snoke’s history or other things that didn’t fully materialize here does not make this a bad Star Wars movie. It isn’t the movie I was expecting either, but it was somehow still a great Star Wars movie for me. And we have to imagine that many of these things will be addressed in the next movie. It is a trilogy after all.
To me, this movie needed to happen. The Force Awakens was the bridge from the original trilogy, so it needed to be similar. This movie needed to tear that down, so the new characters can take center stage and it needed a brand new look and feel to it. And the next movie will be what rises from the ashes after this movie burned everything old to the ground.
And if we are pointing out things we may have missed in either our first or second viewing or for me… both, here’s two more:
• The line “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” was in the movie. BB8 said it.
• Rey stole the old Jedi books, so they escaped the fire. They are shown in a scene at the end with Finn in the Falcon. I completely missed that.
My final score: A real disappointment it was not.
The casino planet storyline felt like it belonged in a Disney movie, not Star Wars.
Another take I just thought of: You know how Luke felt at the end of Empire Strikes Back? I think that’s how Rian wanted fans to feel at the end of The Last Jedi. And now it’s up to JJ Abrams to build us all back up and save the galaxy. Like, even though I really enjoyed the movie, I still feel like I was punched in the Porgs with sadness and despair. Even though Rian put dialogue in the movie basically telling all the fans… it’s going to be okay. We have everything we need to rebuild. And this especially applies to those that felt betrayed by TLJ.
Finally saw this again. Liked it so much more the second time. Canto Bight still makes no sense. But the rest was great.
Now we know why he wears his pants so high…
Found this pretty good read from JGL
Watched the Score Only version of the film just now. Holy crap. So cool.
So I finally watched this and I have to say, I enjoyed this movie much much more than the last two that came out. And now I see why I didn’t enjoy the one before this as much and it makes more sense in hindsight.
I hear a lot of people didn’t enjoy what “they did in this movie”, but honestly, I don’t understand why? I’m a filthy Jedi casual, so honestly some of this movie seemed a little refreshing, especially of the things that happen in between. There is a LOT in this movie that seemed unnecessary or trite, but whatever. I enjoyed the film overall. About the theory of Rey’s parents, I think that was bookended nicely when the kid with the broom happens. I think it’s true and it just shows that it really doesn’t matter. You can be the son of Han and Leia or you can be just some nobody and still make a difference. At least that’s what I got from it.
Will watch next one.