Luke Poff’s review published on Letterboxd:
We are what they grow beyond: that is the true burden of all masters.
I guess I owe Rian an apology. This is a whole lot better than I remembered. Not perfect, but unlike The Force Awakens, it creates its own identity instead of simply copying that of another film. And I have to say, the more I consider this identity, the more I wish it would become the new face of Star Wars. Adam Driver is seriously great; how did I not remember him being this good? Rey feels like an actual character (even if she’s still pretty bland) and while I still hate Admiral Holdo, the Holdo maneuver is one of the coolest pieces of action in the entire franchise. There are other things I like quite a bit that apparently end up getting trashed in sequel, not the least of which is the dramatic conflict being more about ideology than about who’s whose daddy. The idea that you can be a nobody in terms of lineage and somehow still end up with the Force is really cool. It’s like Rian is saying, “hey, we’re a new generation and we’re grown ups now, let’s make our own stories and come to grips with our own conflicts.” But it seems the Star Wars fandom has given the proposition of fresh meat a hard no, preferring to squeeze that sweet, easy nostalgia out of Disney’s monetarily swollen udder.