Much of the film is lifted from ESB and ROTJ. The whole Resistance (the new Rebel Alliance) thing continues to make no sense. Logically the First Order (the new Empire) would be considered the rebellion.
The film has very little forward momentum for two thirds of its runtime. The plot gets tangled in three separate story lines, none of which I cared for.
I know I'm already perfect but some training from Luke would have made me less of a Mary Sue. But I am somehow able to take on Luke and win. And how am I able to swim when I lived my whole life on a desert planet. My plot line offers very little in terms of action and visual excitement and never gets any time to breathe as the overall narrative requires the film to cut back and forth between it and the other two plot lines. Someone my plot line develops over several days and the other plot lines develop over several hours but are all taking place at the same time.
Snoke is built up as a worthy opponent for me to face and he's killed off with zero answers about who he even if. Do I really have to fight Kylo Whine again in the third film? And my parents were nobody? What kind of bullshit is that? Two years of speculation and this is what I get?
The codebreaker plot line involved a lot of coincidence. I'm not sure what happened. Were there two code breakers when Maz said there was only one that was that good? Or did the first guy steal DJ's rose badge thing and Finn and Rose just happened to end up in the same cell as the actual codebreaker they were looking for? Both are way too convenient. Why does Rose free the animals and not the children? The animals probably ended up recaptured anyway. And why did they park in an illegal spot. If Rose is so familiar with the place, she should have known it would attract attention. Phasma was again wasted.
And Disney has no business lecturing us on capitalism. Don't rich people run Disney?
Leia is suddenly able to survive in space and Mary Poppins her way back to the space ship despite never demonstrating much use of the Force before. What was the point on being in a coma for most of the film? Did we need the Holdo character? Its hard to get invested in her character because we only just met her. It would have made more sense to just use Leia or Ackbar. As if that's not bad enough, we get two crappy subplots that go nowhere because Holdo wouldn't tell the plan to the guy who blew up Starkiller Base. Her decision leads Poe to start an unnecessary mutiny and a very cheap twist.
Rose saving Finn was such bullshit and her excuse made no sense. Finn was trying to save what he loved before Rose fucked it up. And their romance was so forced and I found it hard to believe Finn would be able to carry Rose's fat ass back to the base. I am somehow able to lift several rocks with the Force despite having no training beyond one lesson when Luke and Anakin struggle to lift much light things after training from Jedi Master.
And what is the point of Luke using astral projection if it kills him anyway. The character assassination of Luke is definitely the worst part of the film. I know Luke would never abandon his friends or try to kill his nephew. In fact, I'm pretty sure Luke's death was done in post without Mark Hamill's knowledge.
At no point do I feel that me or the other protagonists are in any danger. The humour was cringeworthy and makes the character feel like they're not fighting real battles. Chewbacca, RD-D2 and C3PO are given nothing to do.
Watching this and TFA back to back is like watching some kids take turns tell a story with Rian being that kid who just takes the story in a completely non sensual direction. Why did Luke leave a map if he didn't want to be found?
Are the critics paid Disney shills or something?