Andy Summers’s review published on Letterboxd:
There comes a time when nostalgia has to be put to one side when you consider just how impressive a new Star Wars film is. The franchise has such an incredible legacy that you find yourself overlooking things that may have dragged it's rating down. Yet again with work commitments, it's taken the Blu-Ray release of Rian Johnson's latest offering for me to catch up with George Lucas' enduring bunch of space heroes.
So Luke's back? That's the good news. Adam Driver is also growing into an excellent villain which will surely propel the new franchise to greater riches at the hands of both the nostalgic geriatrics such as myself, and a new generation of avid devotees who've listened to their parents advice that Lucas changed cinema forever back in 1977. Daisy Ridley's Rey and John Boyega's Finn are that "new hope" for Star Wars junkies, and alongside Oscar Isaac's heroic Poe Dameron are the future to any lasting legacy from this new series of films, but they certainly need to come up with a plotline that doesn't involve a Death Star or Planet Killer or a Starkiller Base, and also hopefully find a better scriptwriter. There were moments here when I could feel myself filling up, Star Wars can do that to you, but there are also lulls in the action here that made the middle section of this film fall a little flat. I also didn't like the overacting from Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, trying too hard to be extremely evil, I think he watched too many Nazi documentaries on the History Channel before embarking on his role. As expected though, the special effects are stunningly conceived and the space battles are truly epic, but this lacks that inkling of charm to set it apart from other big budget science-fiction films.
Seeing Luke, Leia, God Bless her, and Yoda, brought memories flooding back, but unlike the overly-hairy porn I watched last night, this isn't the Seventies and times have changed.