This is going to be a pretty short review. I have plenty to say about The Last Jedi, but much of it would require me to spoil various plot elements (and the ending). I don’t want to do that. At least not yet. So I will keep this review (and comment section) spoiler-free.
My spoiler review is now up. If you want to talk spoilers, feel free to use the the comment section on that post to talk spoilers to your hearts’ content.
I liked but didn’t love The Last Jedi. It improves on my two biggest complaints about The Force Awakens, but there was one plotline and one specific scene that I hated.
The biggest problem with The Force Awakens, a movie I otherwise love, is that it is very derivative of the first movie. The Last Jedi, on the other hand, has plenty of callbacks, both structural and narrower, to The Empire Strikes Back, without being nearly as derivative. It also, at times, skillfully plays off of our expectations based on that movie.
The Last Jedi is still kind of nonsense as science fiction, but not so aggressively so as The Force Awakens.
The Last Jedi looks and sounds perfect. The design and effects continue to be incredible.
The Last Jedi introduces at least one, and maybe two, significant new characters. Rose Tico is crew on a Resistance bomber. I loved both her first scene and her first scene with Finn.
The Last Jedi is a bit small, in scope. But I can only complain so much about a movie in a franchise called “Star Wars” having so much war among the stars.
I have my quibbles, but I did really like it. And, perhaps, more importantly, I walked out of the theater with more faith in the future of the series than I walked in with. I loved pretty much every scene with Rey, Kylo Ren, Luke, Snoke, Chewbacca, and the Millennium Falcon.