Mika Strouse’s review published on Letterboxd:
Ok first of all let me previse by saying, I have been a Star Wars fan my entire life, so I know how they can be. So if you are, before reading this take a breathe, and use the force to loosen your butthole for a second. TLJ was nothing short of expected a fun expensive movie, with a great cast. That will never live up to the original, but will give it an necessary close.
Every since Lucasarts sold the franchise to Disney, the ballot was cast, and when you take it out the hands of the creator. One can only expect it to be tarnished, and put to death. That being said, it could of been worse. Not in any way am I excusing the behavior of the Disney Corp, but I'm tired of so called fans saying the franchise is a toy company geared towards children. Wake up! It has always been a kid movie that turned out more merchandise then any movie combined. Why do you think Disney wanted the property to begin with? Just cause you as a fan/consumer feel tricked or duped now, doesn't mean in some way you weren't always having it done to you. Which is totally fine, nothing last forever, especially in pop culture so take it for what it is, and stop being so god damn serious. Dare I say it, about a movie war in space, centered around puppets fighting with laser swords. Needless to say this is a movie review, so lets get into it.
So overall I had an enjoyable time watching TLJ. Amazing special effects, that had me wishing for more space fights, I wish the final battle was longer, but the visuals were phenomenal. The actors did the best they could due to material they were given. With some small appearances by Laura Dern & Belicio Del Toro, was a delightful surprise. Every beloved character from the franchise was there, or mentioned. So can't say they didn't thrown in the whole kitchen sink in on this one. Not to mention the John Williams score was spectacular as always.
I'm not going to talk about the plot line or holes, because I really don't think they're worth mentioning. The biggest issue in this new direction, in my opinion is they can't seem to come up with decent new villains, and they don't know quite what to do with the classic characters. My solution clean house, and kill everyone off in the next one, to end the trilogy, and start anew. It worked for Rogue One, and they're already half way there. Their "forced" to do it already, since most of the original cast are past their prime, or deceased, but I'm saying do it to the rest of the cast, and yes even little R2D2. Believe me they'll be fine. That's the only way the old fans will stop complaining, and except a new era of the Jedi/Sith universe, and hopefully only then the studio will get it right. If the fans miss the old characters, well guess what Solo is coming out soon, and I bet that won't be the last you'll see of the origin stories.
I know this is less of a review, more of a retrospective, but hey I'm tired of hearing the same old song and dance when it comes to Star Wars. I'll admit, it pains me to see the direction it has taken, thats hard to ignore. But one has to except that nothing will ever be as good as it once was, it isn't because the quality or effort isn't there, but solely on the fact good ideas expire over time, and certain things need time to adapt. If they don't, it becomes pointless regurgitation like we've been witnessing. Thats why TFA, will always be the worst Star Wars to me. So if certain content is still being created in your beloved universe, set back and enjoy the ride. If you grow tired, and no longer enjoy that said universe. Go create your own, but hey what do I know?