I just came from my first viewing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and here is my non-spoiler review: I loved it! Go see it. The End.
Ok, a bit more: see it in the theater. 3D if you can take it. Please try and avoid any spoilers going in, because this movie will astound and confound your most likely image of what a Star Wars movie should be.
Greatly improving on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which I think we can all agree was just a placeholder/reboot of A New Hope, but a necessary one to get to where this movie takes us.
It’s funny, surprising and dark. Characters, old and new, are given more depth and substance in both action and word.
The Porgs didn’t even annoy me, as they were not as Ewok-ish as I envisioned. Plus we finally get to see Luke Skywalker again. You. Will. Cheer.
It’s a long movie: two and half hours. And there is a part I felt slowed the movie down, although not for lack of action. It went a long way to deliver a scene that was more in line with Lucas’ prequels than these new adventures, and it has a message that is hammered home to the audience.
The more I think about it, the more it makes sense, very modernly. It’s not giving anything away, since it evokes the film’s title, but there was a surprising lesson put forth: that even in a galaxy far, far away, all wars are a spectator sport for some, and a burden to the rest. A resistance is necessary.
Live long and prosper, you frackin’ terrans! And go see this movie.
P.S. After cruising around the web a bit, I do see some fans not liking the movie as much as I did. Here’s the thing, they should have seen this coming. In the trailer, Luke himself warns “this is not going to go the way you think.” And that’s why I think this movie works so well.