I saw it today.
So while I liked it, I did have a few issues with it overall.
-A lot of the fun of movies was taken out of this one. One goes to movies to escape from real life and consequences. To forget about things like bills, and compromises and death. Not in this movie. You couldn't enjoy anything.
There was no victory. No 'clean' wins. Everything was dirtied up with complication and thinking.
-In this film its bad to be a maverick (Leia to Poe, Holdo to Poe) because you get people killed. Yes, in real life! But we never think about how many people Luke, Leia and Han solo killed in the films. We don't think of the cities destroyed. Innocent lives sacrificed.
Because if we did, how could we cheer for them?! The bad guys are disposable. Lives lost by rebels get a brief shrug and on to the next adventure! Not true here.
In this film you had to feel every death, and that robbed you of the light, joyous feeling I go to movies to see. Feeling death is no fun!
-In past films, heroes might be lectured about being daredevils, but then they'd win! And be proven right! Its good to risk all, and to take chances!
In this film, you take risks, someone will stop you or lecture you, for your own good. You can't be a hero when surrounded by Nannies! (that's not a knock on the women. Its how the MALE writers chose to depict the female boss/ employee and the female friend/ male friend dynamic).
-When Poe leads the group (On the cold salt planet), after Leia suggests everyone should listen to him, you as the audience are uneasy:
'But he's a daredevil, he gets people killed!' No, we should only listen to him when he suggests NOT making the death run against the cannon. And we should only listen to him when he suggests running away.
-And BOO, you were forced to think- "Where are the rebels getting their weapons?! Are they being financed by evil rich people?! Just like the Empire?!"
If the Rebels are the same as the Empire, each buying weapons to kill and maim and destroy, then why are we rooting for them? Because George Lucas says so?
-Benicio Del Toro basically ruined the film. And all action films forevermore. He was a great character. Really interesting. But his whole, "It doesn't matter who wins, you'll just blow each other up tomorrow" thing was depressing.
Rather than the director undercutting this idea, he let it stand, endorsing it, rendering every future victory meaningless because "it would only be followed by more war".
What the hell is that?!
Rian Johnson has just 'thought' himself out of a job!!
And he seems to hate C3P0! Where was my English Robot Butler?! Missed him
What *did* I like about it?!
-The Porgs! Yes to owning one.
-The Crystal doggies. So cute!
-The Horse / rabbit / kangaroo thingies. Heartrending!
HE IS DROOL FOREVER.
Fewer shirts please. Maybe next film set on a beach, where oops!, the First order have renounced shirts altogether?