Laurie’s review published on Letterboxd:
This movie gave the gays (me) everything they wanted (Rey with her hair down)
I'm not going to say much because I really don't want to spoil anything at all ( spoiler-review here btw). All I'm going to say is that the first hour and a half or so are fine: good ideas, less good ideas, bad pacing; but the last hour is absolutely magnificent.
Although the movie has big flaws (more than TFA, but that's because TFA played it very very safe), it also manages to pay homage to the old movies while truly bringing to this franchise new ideas and a real future away from the past, something TFA didn't do very well.
"Only" four stars for now, I will rewatch the movie before Christmas (hopefully this weekend but I'm not sure) & I'll see then if I give it half a star more or not.