I can\'t believe this is the controversial opinion, but I liked this film. \"But it\'s different and challenges you!\" ...um, that\'s good! Characters: Poe has more importance in this film, which is great. Rose Tico is a maintenance worker who gets roped into the action part of the Resistance. She provides some sloppy morals to the film and it\'s too late in the trilogy for her to work as a key heroic cast member. Not exactly a highlight. Holdo is going to be a controversial figure...but that\'s the point. She\'s presented as an out-of-place and obstructive substitute leader, and while she makes mistakes, our perceptions of her are manipulated all the way through to constantly evolve. She\'s fascinating to me. DJ provides some interesting commentary. The great. The film, again, really adds a sense of gravitas to the battles that I\'ve never felt before. You can feel the weight on Leia\'s shoulders, and given the previous film\'s events, you really do feel more like Anyone Can Die. The film is expedient in its parallels this time, and gets some interesting turns out of the way that are going to make Episode IX a lot freer and more interesting. Canto Bight is a great location. It\'s a clever subversion of the \"wretched hive of scum and villainy\" we\'ve seen so often in that it\'s a rich casino city, and the designs of the place and inhabitants are really cool. Rey\'s development is interesting, and her relationship with Kylo Ren gets a lot more complex. Even though she never starts behaving in evil ways, there is real tension about her naivete and alignment. Luke gets to be a character this time, and has a great, complex role. Rey\'s past gets a great reveal. The porgs are welcomely restrained, and serve as annoyances instead of cute creatures, and the character moments and comedy continue to be fantastic. Points of contention: \"Luke would never!\"— Luke was not 100% pure and idealistic, and continually demonstrated hallmarks of the Dark Side before cementing himself in the light. This is just what happens again in a tiny span of time, and the moral greys are what make it so compelling. Kylo Ren\'s character needed a morally uncomfortable origin. \"Leia Poppins!\"— Given the significance of the moment especially after Carrie Fisher\'s passing, I\'ll accept it. \"B-plot goes nowhere!\"— That\'s the point. This story is full of failure, with the lesson being to learn from it. \"1% animal-abuse politics overload!\"— Fair, too. The fathiers are not a great part of Canto Bight, but we\'ve seen benevolent rich people in these before, so it\'s nice to see the bad ones. \"Phasma underuse!\"— Better than overuse, and Boba did it, too. Summary Overall, a Jedi approach is wise. Blind yourself to positivity, and you\'ll miss out on a lot of good.
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