I'm sorry, I haven't read this entire thread, so I'm sort of chiming in here with my own thoughts without having read everyone else's, so I might be repeating some things!
I went to see this a few days ago, with 10 people, including my 4 year old son. I did have to look away now and then to make sure he wasn't spilling pizza on himself and such.
I know I missed a few scenes, so this is just my overall general reaction.
Star Wars means so much to me. I might have mentioned this. I start bawling as soon as I see Lucasfilm in sparkly letters, and when the fanfare starts, forget it, I'm done. Even as much as I wasn't pleased with the prequels, I still have such a soft spot for TPM, because it came along at a time when I really needed a Star War.
So I saw TLJ, and then I had to sit with it a few days and really think: Did I love it because I wanted to love it? Or because I like Rian and wanted it to be good? Or was it genuinely good?
OMG you guys, it was genuinely good. Aside from a few niggling details, it might be my favorite. (My one detail, really: I didn't like when Poe saw Holdo and said she was not what he expected. Like.. in what way? In what way did he not expect her? But also, I mean why not just tell everyone your plan instead of this "you have to have faith" thing? Umm no, if my life is on the line, having faith that someone has a plan would not be enough to stop me from staging a revolt, either.
I feel like this was Leia's movie, so much. That broke my heart through the whole thing. She was the Leia I've always wanted to see, and as I get older and the world continues down the toilet, the Leia I always wanted to BE. She's lived through every brand of shit there is. This movie was 100% what I've always loved about Leia: She's the only character who never ran away, never backed down, and was never even tempted by the Dark Side the way all the other Skywalkers did, and were. Leia was always the strongest character, and in TLJ, she is the best-written she's ever been. And the best acted. It was so, so hard to watch, knowing we won't see her again. My heart still aches.
I loved the theme of failure - and that failure mostly stemmed from men going off half-cocked. (If only everyone would stupid LISTEN TO LEIA FOR ONCE.) (That's also what I liked about Rogue One: real talk, sometimes life is shit and everyone dies.) Nothing was pat, everyone was human, everyone effed up. Times are insane and we all do stupid things when we're on the edge like this.
TLJ was so timely in this way, too. I can't help but hold its outline up to real life events and see if it fits - and horrifically, it does. The Resistance is in tatters and on the run, out of gas, and unsure of how to regroup. You can cut off the head of the snake (or Snoke, LOL) but the angry, privileged, emo white guy who thinks that HE'S the victim will just step up and take his place.
I loved that Kylo Ren's redemption was a fake-out. No, you don't get to be That Guy and then get a pass because you felt betrayed. He's so timely because he's the guy that we're all already afraid of: the kid who had everything, but got radicalized into thinking that he was the real victim, the oppressed party, throwing a tantrum because the world isn't sorry enough. He's so toxic he even negs Rey. "You're NOBODY. But not to me." He’s exactly what alt-right / “alpha” men see in themselves: secretly not so alpha, just kind of a pathetic bully, and now even major geek culture like Star Wars is rejecting him. UNCOMFY
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the reveal about Rey's parents. I love that it built up to nothing. That you can be "nobody" and still be strong in the Force. You don't need some kind of Skywalker pedigree, or privilege, or some weird Jesus parthenogenesis backstory. ANYONE can be Force sensitive - an orphan from a trash planet, a kid in a stable. Me.
I loved that Rose was talking about Canto Bight so that I expected it to be your typical "wretched hive of scum and villainy" and then it was... Trump Casino
Or anyway, a bunch of rich bastards doing rich bastard stuff. It seems like a lot of people didn't like that whole subplot, but for me, it was on point.
And that moment of silence where Holdo kamikaze'd into the Supremacy (and yup, oh how I love that name for a Star Destroyer!) was breathtaking.
And so was Leia's space-flight scene. I mean it was gutting to see her in every scene, but in that one, she was so beautiful and heroic in a way I've never seen Leia before. I was grateful for that scene.
And just in a fangirl way, I loved the vupltex, fathiers, and even the porgs. Why don't people like the porgs? I thought they were cute and funny.
And yes, I am sad that I had to watch my very first boyfriend die with my own two eyes.
But I get it. *sigh* Out with the old etc.
I probably won't have the cash or the time to see it again before DVD release. What a long wait for a second viewing. :/ But I loved it, and I still feel euphoric over it.
Those are my scattered thoughts.