Spoiler-free thoughts on The Last Jedi:
- It will be (deservedly) polarizing for long-time fans.
- The Force Awakens was a tribute (to a fault) to A New Hope. The Last Jedi strikes out on its own, wildly different.
- Can you embrace the new? You'll love it. If not? Uh oh.
I thought it was good, but I don't know many times I'll want to revisit the story. It was a funny, but it was almost too short. Things were rushed and didn't feel as epic to me. Maybe that's because the story didn't feel as if it had a conclusion.
I did appreciate the writers subverting my expectations for a number of scenes.
Interesting! I actually found it to be too long, and quite "epic feeling." But, yeah, it definitely suffers from the "Empire Ending," which is not a huge deal to me due to it being in the middle of the trilogy. The humor didn't always work for me, I find General Hux to be completely intolerable, and there was too much "hey, cute creature" for my taste. The story had its moments, but at least one major plot point stretches on far too long.
Really enjoyed the movie while watching it then was bummed by the ending. Feeling good about it overall today and appreciative of the risks Rian took do something new. Kylo is a an all time great character. I really like how Rian handled the force. It was too long.