Brandon Sparks’s review published on Letterboxd:
The film works when it relies on the new stars, but the film falters when it relies on the old lore and characters of the past. Sadly, the film is mostly the latter. The film ends up being a boring Frankenstein of a movie because it tries to please a small portion of a fanbase that doesn't want change in their franchise. It will be a fun ride at the moment for some, but I don't see this as a film that will hold up well over time.
It feels more like an attempted sequel to The Force Awakens and less of a sequel to The Last Jedi. Abrams is trying to make his Star Wars trilogy, but he was only given two movies to do it. It leaves you wondering, would the overall sequel trilogy be better on average if he directed all of them instead of the studios committing to one idea of rotating directors and then shifting to another idea where a director returns after a break.
I might give this one a rewatch to see if it improves. I went into the film being defensive after hearing early rumors about how it tries to ignore previous decisions made. Fanfiction was great when I was in middle school, but I don't really like seeing it in movies.
Watched at AMC Burbank