So, some time has passed since I saw this movie and, to my surprise, my opinion of it has steadily declined. Unlike previous SW movies where I promptly rushed out to see it again at earliest opportunity, I have been thoroughly uninterested in watching this movie again and have been left with the uncomfortable realization that, looked at everything objectively, I actually didn’t like the movie very much.
To be fair, it was not totally terrible or anything. The lightsaber fight with Rey and Kylo and Snoke’s guards was fricking amazing and the cinematography is excellent throughout, but … but …
The decision they took with Luke Skywalker ruined this movie for me. Just the very notion that the guy who refused to give up on Darth Freaking Vader considered murdering his nephew … no. It doesn’t work for me at all. And even worse … Rey is, hands-down, superior with the Force and a lightsaber in this movie with no actual training than Luke was following his initial training with Yoda. And the notion that she’s just a nobody … it makes the accusations of “Mary Sue” even more appropriate.
So yeah. TLJ was kind of bad. Worth watching for the lightsaber fight, but beyond that? Beyond that, Rogue One was better IMNSHO.