This was a thoroughly enjoyable movie. It used exceptional cinematographic techniques, the right amount of CGI, an excellent score and it possessed good pacing and chronology. It also hit enough of the fantastical elements inherent in Star Wars movies that it did feel like it belonged in the Star Wars franchise. However, that was merely on a superficial level. That Star Wars feel all but disappears when you consider the elements of the storylines that are present in the movie. One arc(Finn & Rose), could have easily been avoided with the inclusion of one line of dialogue (Vice Admiral Holdo telling Po, the battlefield commander, the plan), and, that storyline, was rendered completely redundant by the fact that Finn and Rose trusted quite possibly the least trustworthy Star Wars character since Hondo Ohnaka in the Clone Wars and Rebels animated series, who actually tells them that nobody on the planet that they found him should be trusted. I actually enjoyed the way that The Last Jedi treated the back story of Luke Skywalker, and how he came to be on the island, for two exceptions. The first is of him coming to the conclusion to killing his nephew, who was still in the process of being seduced by the dark side, after going through everything he did to save his father, who, by that point, was completely turned to the dark side. The second is when all of the growth of his character (through the backstory) was ripped away by the appearence of Yoda, who couldn't use lightning whilst he was alive, and the fact that he wasn't see through, as force ghosts should be. These issues all lead to the lack of anything remotely resembling a male lead character. Now, to be fair, there is no need for the main character (in this case, Rey) to be male, even in Star Wars, but there does need to be a male lead, in The Force Awakens, Finn took this role, however, in The Last Jedi, his character was degraded to comic relief for the purposes of a plot device that I shall deal with later.
There is also the inclusion Vice Admiral Holdo as a one-off female character that is placed in charge when Leia is incapacitated, because reasons. She then spends just about every scene she is in talking down to Po, and quoting Leia, turning it from an arc focusing on her, or Po, to just another part of Leia's arc. Another down point about this character is that she's got short hair that has been dyed purple, something that has deep, real-life, social connotations that cannot be ignored. Also, is putting her in a dress really the greatest expression of femininity that Rian Johnson can come up with? Then there is the fact that multiple storylines crafted in the previous movie (The Force Awakens) are killed off, leaving JJ Abrams one seriously tough job to save the series in one film without it needing to be as long as to original movie in the The Lord Of the Rings trilogy(The Fellowship Of The Ring). This problem was even noted by Gwendoline Christie and brought up with the directior(Rian Johnson) as they were filming when she mentioned that it felt like they were shooting a stand-alone movie.
The problem that led to the travesty that this movie became is inextricably linked to every storyline in The Last Jedi; Rian Johnson's 'bold new direction'. The problem with the new direction is a very base and simple one. It isn't 'new' or 'bold' at all. All three storylines present in The Last Jedi, were about a female 'humanising' whichever male character they were with at the time. This is not a common thread in modern story telling because it dropped away as the various civil rights movements won whichever 'war' they were fighting at the time. However it is present in earlier works, especially by female authors, such as Charlotte Bronte in Jane Eyre(1847) and Daphne Du Maurier in Rebecca(1938). It is bad enough in both books, however it isn't as toxic to the medium in either of their works, because of the timespan that the story takes to complete. In The Last Jedi, it picks up where it left off in The Force Awakens and then takes around two to three days to complete, ending up with Rey being established as the quintessential Mary Sue, stronger in the force than Luke was at the end of The Return of the Jedi and able to fly just about any ship that she wants, and repair them, upon first sight...oh, and understand Chewie & R2-D2.
There is one last point that was handled well-ish, in this movie. I already stated that I enjoyed the pacing in this movie. It was paced like a modern action movie, lending a sense of immediacy that all previous Star Wars movies lacked, unfortunately, that immediacy lessened the immensity of the Star Wars universe as it was represented in The Last Jedi. I get that modern day action films tend to be faster paced, and the pacing used within this movie was done in order to do that very thing, however, the sections that were shown before moving on to the next set of scenes, were too short to be engaging with the audience, especially when it came to the training of Rey. I have seen this multiple times, and it is better on the second viewing, possibly because your expectations have basically had a wrecking ball taken to them, letting you focus on the more technical aspects. On the third viewing though, I just didn't care and had to really focus to concentrate on what was happening just about until Rey left Luke's half-hearted training sequence.
On a side-note, I have seen multiple movies of Rian Johnson, and he appears to like to subvert audience's expectations. I can understand that there is a view amongst filmmakers that the audience doesn't know what they want in a film, however, Star Wars fans do know what they want to see. Keeping that in mind, it doesn't do anyone any good if you just give the audience what they want, it limits creative freedom to an extent that is truly unfortunate. However, subverting every expectation that fans of a long-running series like Star Wars have, alienates the long time fans, which is not good for the survival of the franchise.