Milez Das (Rohit Shivdas)’s review published on Letterboxd:
So, this is what it feels like to be excited, entertained, blown away and the urge to watch it again.
There was so much going on in my mind when the movie ended. The Last Jedi was everything and more that what was expected of it. Rian Johnson took this franchise to a different direction that it ever was in. Not for a split second I felt like this was a Disney movie, but rather I saw a directors vision in complete force. There always needed balance between the light and dark force. The characters needed something that can fly through and here they are given every chance.
The opening sequence itself sets everything in motion from the get go, it's spectacular action with a point of humor when needed, The Last Jedi goes into depths of understanding what is force and what it is meant for the Jedi's. Luke Skywalker has washed himself in a far away land, away from everything because he failed Ben Solo who became Kylo Ren. Rey needs someone to tell what her place is in this world and fight. She want someone to guide her, her capabilities are more than she can imagine.
On the other side of aisle, Kylo battles with his conflict as Supreme Leader Snoke needs results now as he sees the victory in sight. Resistance led by General Leia is on the defense here trying everything they can to fight back again with the dark force that is leading back on the front. Poe's spirit of going all in does damages as he needed some calming down to think for a second like a leader. Finn is stopping to run and help fight while he gets a companion in Rose.
Rian didn't shy away from getting to the dark side of the force through his storytelling, The vast universe that is Star Wars is driven through this force and is much needed to tell through it. The storyline of Rey and Luke is quite significant in matters of starting a new chapter in the realm of Jedi. The past is haunting for Luke who has seen the darkness take away his loved ones many a times.
There are some issues faced in few moments of storytelling here. The Finn and Rose sequence at Canto Bight should have worked better if it was shorter. But the thing is that you slowly start to forget these tiny issues as you enter into the final act of this movie and what a grand epic final act it was in the dust of red salts splashing the white snow and confronting into the rage.
Star Wars The Last Jedi is something quite different in a grand spectacular way. It leads into a great final chapter that I can't wait to watch. The characters were given the space to breathe, the performances were excellent especially from Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Laura Dern, Oscar Isaac and Daisy Ridley. The frames are beautiful to witness, there are few tweaks here and there but they are washed away soon as we enter into the finale.
Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo : God Speed Rebels.