Zachary Goldkind (aka, Chaim Kindergelt)’s review published on Letterboxd:
Has me considering the merits of Children’s films… how growth offers greater dimension to, say, a Miyazaki picture, but this has only aged to become transparent, it’s articulation of ideas amounting to exactly that didacticism without any problematizing of its whole. Certainly the only film in the sequel trilogy to seek out Lucas’ ideology, but there remains the contradiction of a Jedi being that ideal through which hope can be striven for. Only hints here, yes, and certainly more than a few in the abysmal follow-up, and so this remains stilted and philosophicaly wandering. A 20 year old me saw postmodernism here. A 24 year old me considers that idiotic.
Regardless, Johnson’s best formal outing. Conniving editing, eliciting tangible emotionality in signatorial star war cross-cutting of worlds. It’s inspiring to see a filmmaker truly inhabit the aptitude of one stylist and reappropriate it through earnest idiosyncrasy.
As close as we’ll likely get to something political out of Disney, but undoubtedly not enough, the work performing more as masquerade to reification. Far too interested in the merits of individualism.