Tragic Mushrooms’s review published on Letterboxd:
they're never gonna make another one like this again. a new man being brought into an iconic and "sacred" franchise and being allowed to actually do something new and exciting with it? for a director that i don't really personally care for that much johnson actually manages to pull a near masterpiece out of the set-up from the force awakens. he seems to really be picking up where the prequels left off, shunning tradition to blaze a new path forward. but where the prequels function primarily as tragedy, the traditions of the past stifling any good that the characters can hope to accomplish within their surrounding institutions, this film takes the opposite approach, a triumph about literally burning the past to the ground in order to forge new ideals. that the largest heroes among us do not come from rich bloodlines and royalty, but instead are found from "nowhere" and choose to make a difference. these ideas are also bolstered by stellar performances across the board (including the best performance of hamill's career) and easily the most visually stunning cinematography out of ANY of the disney star wars films. johnson just knows so well how to create an image here, with visuals that i think can go down as iconic as anything from the lucas films.
"oh gee! i can't wait to see what they do next!" -girl who's about to be incredibly disappointed