And now on with the show …
So of course Bunny and I went to see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (aka “May the Porgs Be With You”) and overall, my reaction is mixed. The movie is beautiful, but that's pretty much been the case with all the Star Wars movies (even with “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace”). It's just I found the movie very uneven.
I loved the plot involving Luke, Rey and Kylo. The characters do play off each other quite well in the movie. In fact, I find Kylo to be a fascinating villain. He's dangerous but at the same time clearly conflicted with the whole “be evil” business. And I can't recall the last time I saw a villain throw tantrums like he does.
The rest of the movie? I found it mostly filler and most of it could be removed from the movie with no ill effect, especially the casino bits. The cantina in “Star Wars” was clearly a bar while at the same time being alien (I mean, aside from all the aliens in the cantina). And even the opera in “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” was both alien while being familiar enough to recognize it for what it was. It might seem like a weird point to make, but if you are padding a Star Wars movie, at least try to make it visually interesting to distract us from the pointless filler, and less like The Bellagio with aliens wearing tuxedos.
Overall, for me, the Jedi bits were worth suffering through the non-Jedi parts. Your milage may vary. I really can't say more without major spoilers, which I may do at some point in the future.
But I will leave you with one small spoiler—this is the first Star Wars film to show actual paper!