KP’s review published on Letterboxd:
Perhaps it’s the greater film, richer especially in terms of tone, than J.J. Abrams’ 2015 entry in the ongoing saga. It is grander too. Deeply and darkly epic and delivering small moments of gargantuan effect. This thing is quite moving, especially in its final hour. And I’m so in love with how much this film, channeled through Johnson, loves all of these characters as actual people with real emotions, new and old alike. Newcomer Kelly Marie Tran as Rose is a major highlight.
But it didn’t leave me, though it tried on its superb reveals, with the same giddy thrill I felt, the high I got from THE FORCE AWAKENS. Perhaps it’s too big, too rich in its themes for me to quite grasp on first viewing. That very thing may be a strength, not a weakness. In that way it is, and rightly so, more like its mid-trilogy counterpart in everyone’s favorite...Episode V. It *demands* that I see it again. THE FORCE AWAKENS didn’t require that.