dantesring’s review published on Letterboxd:
Johnson's entry in the STAR WARS series seems to have sharply divided audiences. I cannot understand that reaction. It is not a perfect film, primarily due to a clumsy attempt to give all the main characters business in the film, but it is an exhilarating watch nonetheless.
I think the the thing that those who feel dissatisfied have issue with is unspoken. What Johnson created and staged was a conclusion. When this film ended it felt as if the story had been wrapped up fully, the loose ends are best left to the imagination. For the first time I felt no desire to see more of this story as I feel as if it has been satisfactorily and pleasingly resolved.
The film proper is filled with lots of great surprises and reveals that are unexpected. I have to admit that I wasn't as thrilled walking in as I felt I was going to be, feeling it more as a task that needed to be accomplished, something I have felt for a while with all the Marvel films. As each new revelation unfolded, I found myself more and more engaged and satisfied.
It is also filled with a lot of visually inventive action scenes, much discussion of killing the past and clearing the slate for future films that do not involve this particular group of people.
In my eyes, even with its storytelling flaws and sagginess in the middle, it is a resounding success. I feel thankful that Johnson took the risks he did.