I finally watched it last night.
I’m not a Star Wars ‘fanboy’ but generally like the series of movies.
This one was good as far as action scenes but it lacked fine tuning.
I found the jokes were misplaced. The one that worked well with me was when Chewy was about to eat one of those creatures. But that scene went one shot too long.
The pog creatures themselves were fine towards the start but didn’t need to be brought into the battle at the end. Along with all the other jokes, that scene in particular seemed ‘forced’.
I found the humour of Luke asking Rey to reach out was funny but didn’t quite fit in to the moment.
The Leia flying thing was a silly choice. If Jed can fly, then there is no need for ships. Heck, if that’s the case, should a ship runs out of petrol, the jedi can just get you to where you need to go.
As others have mentioned, TFA set up so many potential plot lines (Snook, Reyes parents, lightsaber handed over to Luke) and so much discussion on what could be and it’s like they took all that in and said ‘nice idea, but it’s not relevant’. The setup causing year long discussion is similar to what Game of Thrones has going for it. While not being broadcast, there are theories and discussion carrying it throughout the year until the next release. But the final choice seemed flawed.
I found the best parts of the movie were just a minor tweak away from giving it more suspense. For me the Snook, Rey and Kylo scene was built up so well. It had you wondering if Kylo would save her. But it then gave it away 30 seconds beforehand when you saw the lightsaber shift. You could argue it may have been Rey, but it would have had so much more impact if it was unknown until the back stabbing incident occurred.
We probably don’t need to know Snook’s back story, but it would have added value to his character if we knew how he came about. I thought Vader and the Sith were the last of the jedi. How did Snook get taught the powers?
I liked a few of the moments afterwards where Kylo was saying, let it all die and start again. You could argue that could have gone in an interesting different direction but it wouldn’t have been well received.
The casino side plot was a waste. Correct me if I’m wrong, but did they end up getting the right guy? How did the guy with the red carnation end up in the same jail cell? And it seemed he was there before them, but they were captured in front of him in the casino.
The Laura Dean character was silly. To give her significance, she needed to be in TFA. Or at least show up beside Leia in the first 30mins of the film (maybe it happened but I didn’t notice it).
Luke’s death at the end was a little disappointing. I don’t understand how he was able to project himself to give real dice to Leia but be ‘holographic’ during the battle. Aside from that I felt he needed to die in battle similar to Kenobi. Not ‘peacefully’ because he ran out of energy.
There was a YouTube review where one of the guys said that the Star Wars universe is rather limited and I agree with it. You need actors mimicking Skywalker, Leia, Han Solo and Vader, lightsaber fights, the empire, the rebels, space ships shooting lasers at each other and planets being evaporated. Anything outside of that is a ‘tough sell’ due to the 30 year fandom build up.
I still liked the film because the action scenes were pretty good, but I didn’t love it because the story wasn’t quite there.