It’s tempting to talk about the silly nonsensical things in the film that bothered me, but my main reaction to The Last Jedi is that I walked out of the theater grinning from ear to ear. It’s difficult to rank a movie I’ve seen once among movies I’ve seen a dozen times or more, but my feeling right now is it’s in my top three SW movies.
I also wonder how I can be sure I’m not still being influenced by a rebound effect from the “prequel trilogy” (Episodes 1-3). I tried for years to enjoy what I could from those movies, but my dislike for them has only deepened over time, to the point that I now toy with the idea of pretending they never existed (impossible, of course) and that there is only one Prequel — Rogue One.
I feared a “Disneyfication” of Star Wars would take what I had come to hate about the franchise and bring it to a new low. I couldn’t be more pleasantly surprised with what they have done instead. The Force Awakens showed me that a good Star Wars movie is still possible. Rogue One and The Last Jedi took the ball and ran with it.