Saw it. Movie moved so fast I sometimes couldn’t even process what was going on. Now I have,and I didn't really dig it. Not horrible, but not my favorite. I'm part of the problem too.
*Opening scroll - Palpatine is back. Okay. I wonder how? I wonder why?
*Pace - In some ways this might have been a positive when I saw it because there was no time to think about mysterious daggers and lost memories.
*Stakes/Consequences - The Chewie fake out felt unnecessary. I would guess most fans of the franchise and/or people who enjoyed the movie didn't want to see Chewie die. Fine. Why even tease it then if you ultimately didn’t have the teeth to go through with it. The resolution to it also felt clunky because they resolve it so quickly while his apparent death is still fresh and just keep moving forward to the next scene. See also: C-3PO sacrifices his memories.
*Finn has to tell to Rey something before they die - Why did they keep bringing this up, especially if they weren't going to address it? If it is as lame as "he's force-sensitive”, which isn’t explain in the movie, why would he need to tell Rey this alone? The trope is to declare love or feelings for someone in those dire situations, but they didn’t even play off of that trope. I’m just confuse.
*Side Characters - I'm guessing some of them will have a Disney plus future, but man, did they squeeze-in characters in this one who don't get much shine. Zorii and Jannah stand out in that regard.
Things I just didn’t like, but I understand why they did it
*Rey is Emperor’s Kid. – Eh. I prefer her having no parents of fame or just bite the bullet, and make her Obi-Wan’s abandon kid. I sort of get why they went the way they did even if I don’t agree.
* The Kiss - Eh. I felt like they have more of the romantic chemistry vibes in TLJ. I didn't get that vibe by the end of this movie so I wasn't feeling it. Someone let out a "What?" (or maybe it was "No!") in my theater audience, which was more dramatic than the moment. I'm sure others loved it though. Not too stirred up about it.
*I like the actors in the main trio and they have chemistry when they are actually in scenes together. It's probably the main reason why I liked Force Awakens the first time I saw it, despite it rehashing old Star Wars plots.
*I think Adam Driver was better in the previous movies, but maybe I was just down on Rylo/Ben’s whole redemption arc in this film. However, I did get a kick out of him running into Palpatine’s spot in a black outfit straight out of Kanye West’s clothing line near the end of the movie to assist Rey. We got to see Ben’s fashion style. You wanted answers.
*DeathStar scene looked cool. Burning Man scene looked neat. Whether I like the movie or not, I can definitely acknowledge that the set design and costume crew put in work on this film. This movie blows through sets at the fanatic rate and those motherfuckers had keep up and create all of it.
*General Armitage Hux - I don't know how I feel about his arc in this one, but the actor playing him seems to be having a good time in this one. Tough break – getting shot as proof he’s not a traitor, and then again shot again for being one
*Rey’s yellow lightsaber. Good choice.