[Spoilers] Too much "like, totally awkward, LOL" humour, fugue editing and occasionally the downright bizarre (Leia doing a Superman, killing off Snoke, the unnecessary casino sequence); but undeserving of the opprobrium heaped upon it by disgruntled fans because its sadness and rage stand above the terrible mistakes.
Sure, there are all kinds of sub-Campbell, box-ticking lazinesses--ok, history (and the hero's journey) repeats itself, but this blatantly? this immediately?--and transparent Snokescreens for gap-filling, blockbusting side-stories, but! This is Star Wars, man. Maybe it's embarrassing, but Luke Skywalker was a certain seven-year-old's personal Jesus. The arc of his myth is done justice here, then sealed with a sunset.
Old pros and baby faces. A 3 act film with 4 acts. A young director cribbing from samurai flicks but with obligations to meet. I can see why TLJ is divisive, because—still plotted like capricious fan fiction—it's a divided film: purpose and whim, the mythological and the disposable, thoughtful surprises and cheap tricks. In short, it's the longest SW yet because it goes on and on trying to find itself. Kill yr idols.
to rate this movie with 5 stars is exaggerated and i believe that people who gave this rating are letting their feelings come over their judgement. it's better than ep 7, clearly, but still, the script ruins the good/fantastic moments with stupid dialogue or with stupid scenes, like super leia or predictable actions. 2.5
There are moments and sequences in this film as evocative and emotionally stirring as anything in the Original Trilogy ("That was a cheap shot"), but the discursive, jazz-like rhythm of the pacing feels most informed by Lucas' prequels. The result is the first true Rorschach Test of the saga, as evidenced by the critical split. Wherever you fall, there's no denying this is truly a Star Wars film for the Trump Era.
Much like Return of the Jedi, this entry features both the best and the worst that Star Wars has to offer as a franchise. But unlike Return of the Jedi, which was tonally consistent, this film wasn't sure how seriously it wanted to take itself. The result for me is a mixed bag.
The best since REVENGE OF THE SITH. Johnson threw all the JJ. Abrams mystery-box-nonsense, original-trilogy-template to make room for his own saga: a soulful examination of myths, legends, and what was it like to fulfill your own destiny.
There is much to be said and no doubt others will say them. So I will single out the heroism of Paige (Veronica Ngo) in the film's opening. I knew to expect Rose Tico later, but seeing any Asian woman featured so prominently for the first time in a beloved series like Star Wars was overwhelming: made this grown-ass Asian woman cry. Rian Johnson took bold risks - TLJ is imperfect but SW is finally maturing.