Roman Arbisi’s review published on Letterboxd:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is an unexpected welcome to the franchise. It’s a clear subversion of the Star Wars franchise in an almost egregious manner. It takes what you know about Star Wars and adds more to the ever growing story to this galaxy’s history. It’s a film that takes our expectations of what a Star Wars film should be, and shows us what it can be. It doesn’t abide by fanmade rules of what has to make it into the final cut of the film, and it doesn’t have to follow any franchise tropes to showcase it’s familiarity. We’ve already become so associated with the franchise that a step or two away from what we know should be anticipated and that’s what Johnson does. It’s a very bold film that could have easily sunk the franchise with one blind side tackle from an artist that just wanted to make his vision of Star Wars come to life. Johnson understands that for the “blockbuster” to evolve, it has to start with Star Wars. It’s a deconstruction of the universe that practically gives The Force Awakens a dirty look for not attempting to be something more. It’s a gateway to a section of the universe that has yet to be grazed. If Star Wars has always been poetic, all seven episodes that precede this are typical rhyming schemes, and The Last Jedi is a haiku.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi gets an 87/100