Lewiss’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Let the past die. Kill it if you have to."
It seems I owe an apology to The Last Jedi, too.
When I saw this back in December, it was midday in an almost empty cinema, which wouldn't have been my choice had it been up to me. Unfortunately it wasn't, and coupled with the fact that I needed to pee and just wanted the movie to end for the last hour, it wasn't a great cinema experience and my enjoyment was dampened greatly.
Watching it again with fresh eyes and lowered expectations, I can now see the movie everyone is raving about, and I'm so glad of it. There are still issues I take with certain parts of the story (don't worry, not the sexist Reddit fanboy kind) which I'll explore in more detail in future reviews, but for now I'm just happy that my opinion of this changed. I wasn't prepared to dislike a Star Wars movie and I really didn't want to.
The Last Jedi is a densely packed, wonderfully paced, gorgeously shot and thematically rich entry in the saga that I'm now (thankfully) looking forward to watching many more times.