Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren
and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.
It seemed this installment of the Star Wars saga could do no wrong. It was simply predestined to please the widest audience possible. Older folk? Meet again properly wizened Luke and senior citizen-ish princess Leia, along with the late Master Yoda! Younger folk? You can drool over Adam Driver as Kylo Ren or Daisy Ridley as Rey; isn’t it fun they can speak with each other through Force-Skype? Kids? Look at all these cute, furry Porgs and funny robots! R2 D2 forever! Women? In the plot there are far more female characters which play important role like admiral Holdo (Laura Dern)! Non-Caucasian fans? Fin is black and Rose Tico, a cute mechanic following him to the Casino Planet in the search of cheap fuel, is clearly of Asian origin!
A very Disney fairy tale, don’t you think? Still it left me lukewarm. All I noticed was sluggish pacing, tons of plotholes, a complete lack of character development, or any mystic lore. Overall I feel Johnson didn’t dare go far enough. He kind of flirted with deeper, darker themes, like in the scenes when Luke was explaining Rey why, in his opinion, the Jedi must disappear and he shouldn’t help his own sister facing the forces of Dark led by her and Han Solo’s son. These were very good dialogues but soon the director lost his nerve and returned to those cutesy-cute fighting scenes straight from any fairy tale.
Meh. As a casual fan I am not impressed. I found this movie structurally uneven and unsatisfactory; even its best scenes failed to engage me properly. And no, I won’t be buying one of those Porg mascots any time soon.