Ok just saw the film myself, I really loved it for a lot of reasons.
There are some really dumb parts yes, and some retreading of Empire and Return.
BUT (TLDR: Poes a scumbag who just looks for glory)
And I honestly can’t get over this.
Why is no one talking about Poes actions in this film?
He is responsible for 80% of the deaths in this film and thats what I will elaborate on:
The first example is right off the bat, but more grey area then the rest. He makes the call on the bombers, and a lot of people die, in both the resistances ships and the first orders ships.
It is what sets off the events that follows, so plot reasoning wise, it makes sense, and they do “demote him” so he’s punished.
What follows is unexcusable though. He is the one who makes the call on Finns and Roses plan, and that was the single biggest mistake in this film. Because of it almost the entire resistance dies, and he does not face punishment, and it’s almost pointing to him becoming leader in the next film.
Had Finn and Rose not gone on that mission, then they don’t get caught. The resistance ships then make it to the planet, and other than the ship going lightspeed through the fleet, everything else remains the same. Snoke would still be dead, as Rey’s plan was seperate and in the end Kylo would not have known where the resistance truly is. Thus, Luke never has to project to the planet to buy some time.
Every single one of Poes actions should lead to court martialing or sever mental issues, as the weight of every death should be on his shoulders.
The film would have changed slightly in the end obviously, so there plot reasons again, but he basically disobeyed orders, then mutinied against the general, and then got away Scott free after all those people died. Not only that, but he doesn’t have any feeling of guilt or remorse, and that to me is a massive issue with this film.
Thematically, the underlying tone is failure, learning from it, and growing from it. Not a single plan in this film worked, they all failed, and it was more about how the characters dealt with that failure.
From the orders side and resistance side, but Poes failure is that of great consequence, and he doesn’t earn any bounce back, or redemption.
He’s a plain scumbag looking to be the hero. If the next film doesn’t deal with this, I will take great issue with this character, his development, and his continuity.
This does not ruin this film, it ruins some of the underlying tones of the series as a whole, and I get that he’s a risk taker, but all his risks did was cause tons and tons of death, without consequence, or a lesson learned.
Loved the film, but this thought has just sat here with me, and I’ve discussed it with others, who all kind of go “huh, yeah, that’s fair” so I needed to write a long winded post somewhere!!!