Daniel Dolinaj’s review published on Letterboxd:
You know that feeling when you read tons of comments about a movie being a masterpiece and whatnot, so you just hype up your expectations to infinity and beyond and after finally watching it you just tell yourself "Well, it was good, but probably not as good as I expected it to be"?
Needless to say that did happen to me a few times. But in the case of The Last Jedi, I would say that it was the exact opposite. I could not believe the amount of direct hate comments and death threats that some people wrote to the guys making this movie. And since I wasn't that big of a fan of Star Wars in the first place, and since it took me this long to finally watch TLJ, I could not wait to see just what in this movie was SO TERRIBLE that it made some fans write all these negative things to the crew, even almost 2 years after its release.
I will say that I don't think the movie is perfect though. There are a few scenes that maybe could've been cut down a little bit. Some of the dialogue is pretty cheesy, but that's a thing with basically all Star Wars movies, so I wasn't really bothered by that too much (except of that one line from Rose which was genuinely painful to listen to). The space scene with Leia was a little odd and the subplot involving Canto Bight just didn't feel as engaging compared to the main plot of the story.
There was also criticism involving Luke's character, which I think was handled fairly well. Even considering all these complains, I still don't see any reason to send death threats to someone over this.
I should probably start listing the positives that I found here. First off, the special effects are impressive, which is kind of expected from Star Wars. Combined with the cinematography and the production design, it all just looks gorgeous overall. It never looks dull, as most places have enough stylistic distinction between them, so I just never really got bored in the aesthetic sense.
The score is great, with some variations here and there, yet still keeping that legendary tone that's easily recognizable. Most of the characters are well-written, interesting and fun to watch. Lastly, the action scenes are exciting, well shot and entertaining throughout the runtime.
Overall, I enjoyed TLJ quite a lot, and would definitely recommend it. While I don't think it's perfect, its positives outweigh its flaws by a lot, and you can easily see that this movie was made with a lot of care and effort, which I always appreciate, and I do hope that Episode 9 will end this trilogy on a high note.