ScreeningNotes’s review published on Letterboxd:
Still my favorite since Empire. Rey and Kylo's arcs are just so well done: we see Rey grow and simultaneously hope for the potential we see in her quick-witted aptitude and fear for the instability we see in her desperation and impatience (which, of course, we already saw in Luke); we see Kylo grow and simultaneously hope for the instability we see in his single-minded rejection of tradition and fear for the potential we see in his anger and desolation. Plus there's the visual beauty in moments like the jump to lightspeed and the salted planet, and emotional/thematic connections in moments like "we don't fight against what we hate, we fight for what we love." Feels like the first Star Wars movie (yes, ever) with a strong, distinctive directorial voice.