OK, spoilers 4ever. Can’t bring the juice for a full review like the ones I’ve done before, so this is it…
I liked The Force Awakens better, though this was totally fine. On a subsequent watching I might revise the opinion I’m about to give, but my feeling was that JJ Abrams did a better job with the emotional momentum. With making the narrative feel more emotionally powerful and flow well from one scene to the next, almost musically. Rian Johnson had a script with much more emotional heft, but TLJ didn’t swell in my heart the way TFA did. And by rights, I should have been bawlin’, because I practically teared up at some shitty trailer before the show.
The biggest sin was that Finn and Rey didn’t feel important. I agree with some other reviewers that it was dope to have Luke carry the finale, but Finn and Rey gripped me hard during the first movie, and it’s a shame they didn’t have me at all here. While it’s cool to see Rey more confident in this one, she often seemed blank, like a non-presence somehow. Maybe I was just too tired, maybe this’ll change for me the next time I see it. Anyway, I know what Daisy Ridley is capable of, so I blame the director.
Visually there was a lot of good stuff. The origin of blue milk was hilarious and gross, the village people on exile planet were cute, the lovely environment of the finale was wild. So far every review I’ve seen felt weird about or initially disliked or laughed at Princess Leia’s showy force power scene, but I unequivocally liked it. It was kinda beautiful and very cool to watch. For me. Different strokes for different pokes.
I know what IHFJ and Pzed thought about it. How about the rest of y’all?