It's a little bit unfair for me to be "reviewing" a Star Wars movie. Having always been a mega-fan of the franchise, it's sort of like a parent reviewing their kids athletic performance in a t-ball game. Barring 150 minutes of JarJar I was going to "enjoy" the movie, so what I'm going to do in this "review" is instead focus on if The Last Jedi executed a successsful "Star Wars movie." What I mean by this are the pillars of all Star Wars tales: space battles, poetic storytelling, humor, and of course lightsabers. As always within opening weekend, SPOILER-FREE is the way to be. Let's go in reverse order for Yoda's sake.
Lightsaber Action - This is going to come down to a matter of personal preference for many. Episodes 2 and 3 had more lightsaber action than the other chapters combined, but with the 7-9 installments you get the feeling that they want to re-establish the importance of everything about the lightsaber. Would Darth Vader igniting the lightsaber on Endor in Episode 6 have been nearly as terrifying or menacing in say Episode 2 or 3 where people are popping their lightsword open like beers at a college tailgate? The lightsaber action isn't plentiful, but it satiated my needs with the execution and tweaks of the ever-expanding Star Wars universe.
Humor - This movie is packed to the brim with humor. Perhaps more jokes and bits in this movie than all other Star Wars movies combined (it's not even close if you eliminate Han Solo) Many Bothans are going to be annoyed that in a movie where The First Order is squashing the galaxy, humor is as plentiful as the booze on Canto Bight. None of the jokes fell flat for me, so I look back on them favorably.
Storytelling - There were aspects of the storyline I loved and there were some that I still don't know how to react to yet. Loved most of the supporting characters growth and interactions, but some of the larger sequences and climaxes fell sort of flat for me. With that said, it was such a large ingestion of development, interaction and landscape change that I may need longer to truly search my feelings about it.
Space Battles - Not really a spoiler but how exactly did Admiral Ackbar become Admiral anyway? The whole movie is essentially a space battle so you know this section is going to run train. The Last Jedi had all space everything: domination from Poe, Bombers which definitely need more protection, and #DreadnaughtsforDays as well as the ultimate checkmate you have to see to believe. This movie proved that space really is the final frontier.
Starting this review, I wasn't sure how I felt about the movie critically despite that I enjoyed it. Upon further review, The Last Jedi is an installment which will likely stack up favorably in Star Wars lore for generations to come.