God this movie sucks. It’s so bad. I was disappointed with the Last Jedi but this was ugh. I’ll write more when I’m on a computer.
Edits - So, all the new Star Warses have very breathless, rushed pacing, but this one had by far the worst. Cut, cut, cut, we’re going here, now there, now the next scene, now the next planet, and the next one, etc. Characters and plot information were thrown around so often it felt like the movie was tripping over itself. I know pacing is a very subjective thing though. I just miss the slow buildup of A New Hope. I miss having time to process information and grieve death. Pacing can make or break a movie for me and this time it broke it.
Almost all of Leia’s dialogue scenes with Rey felt like they were trying and failing to write something coherent out of very vague, generic Carrie Fischer lines, like when fan videos roughly edit two scenes together and it feels like the characters are talking past each other.
Plot criticism is mostly I wish Palpatine and his secret impossible death fleet weren’t here, or at the very least I wish he had been established somehow in the other movies instead in the freaking expositional text crawl normally reserved auxiliary scene setting information. “Palpatine is here because we said so. Don’t question it.” Lando is in this movie purely for nostalgia money. Going on a ten-different-locations treasure hunt in the last act of this trilogy feels like a huge mistake but I can’t say I could’ve come up with something better. And then all of the things Zephro already said.
The good things were Rey and Kylo’s space-defying force connection continuing to develop, and Kylo’s altered music cue when he was rushing Palpatine’s base to rescue Rey (John Williams, who I think cameo’d in this movie as a bartender on one of the planets, took Kylo’s theme but made it airy and positive and it was nice). I like the idea of Rey struggling with the light and the dark and with what her relationship is to Kylo, but there are too many things going on and Palpatine muddying it up for it to have any weight.
My biggest complaint is the fact that Disney clearly did not have a unifying vision for what this trilogy was going to be. There was no one person or team of people pushing it in a certain direction. Instead it got pulled this way and that by different writers and directors, and as a result is just not even close to being a coherent story. (The moral of all this is go watch Avatar: The Last Airbender which did Star Wars a million times better than Star Wars itself)
Anyway the kids will like this movie and that’s kind of the important part.
Well see there was a single line about them in TFA and the nerds latched onto it and we can’t upset the nerds y’see.
I would have to watch the movie again to remember what each thing was, but yes, this, a thousand times. I was shaking my head every few minutes.
P.S. My Finnrey ship has sunk.