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Ernesto Zelaya’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
I'm not entirely sure what to make of this - Force Awakens left me pumped, awaiting what happened next; this one just left me with a lot of doubts. With all that goes on here, I'm not sure if there's anything left for Episode 9 to say.
Something just felt off, from Leia's cheap "miracle save" which is never even explained, to the pointless Casino sidequest (the one time this doesn't feel like Star Wars, instead inserting an animal rights message). And then there's the lame villains: Kylo Ren is still a whiny brat throwing temper tantrums and Snoke, for all the grand mystery about him, turns out to be pretty insignificant.
After a lot of filler (Rey's visit to Luke ultimately pans out, but it goes nowhere at first), Johnson finally gets it all together for the rousing and exciting last 40 minutes or so. Throw in some great characters - Poe, Rey - and Mark Hamill actually having a big part to play rather than just be some gratuitous cameo, and you can be sure this, at times, works beautifully, and it deserves a rewatch.
Clearly, this new trilogy is meant for a new generation; they obviously want to move away from the old films, and they're bound to alienate a lot of fans.