Wesley R. Ball’s review published on Letterboxd:
Ughhhhh why was this not anything like what a Star Wars movie is supposed to be??? Why did Luke have like zero character arc, why is he still a whiny pouting child, like has he learned nothing from the last thirty years? Why is it that the First Order is still stronger than ever before even after losing their pseudo-Death Star base? It's like the events in The Force Awakens had no impact and were meaningless? Why aren't Poe and Finn together why can't I get my gay ship for once? Why can't everything go exactly the way I want it to go? I wanted to see more Phasma, more Snoke, more Maz (seriously why do they keep wasting Lupita Nyong'o by minimizing her to a two minute cameo? AGAIN?), more lightsaber battles! Seriously why weren't there any real lightsaber duels in this? This doesn't bear any of the hallmarks of what a Star Wars(tm) film needs to be because I need it to conform to my own standards as to what I consider to be a Star Wars(tm) experience.
Seriously, why was this nothing like anything I had ever wished or hoped for? And why did I not care? Why do I still find it to be one of the most enjoyable films in the franchise to date? Why is Rian Johnson's subversive take and complete turnaround on what every fanboy considers to be "their Star Wars(tm)" so incredible that I can't find all of the right words to put into it even after three viewings? I need to watch this over and over and over again to fully absorb and appreciate just what Rian has done to this trilogy (and by extension franchise). Star Wars has always been a series I've found to be endlessly rewatchable, but I almost want to live inside The Last Jedi. Forget George Lucas. Rian is the new auteur of the Star Wars franchise, and I absolutely cannot wait to see what he has in store for us with his new proposed trilogy.
Thank you, Rian. Thank you for letting me realize once again what the Star Wars franchise has really meant to me over the years, and how it's constantly stuck with me throughout my life.