• There are some redeeming moments here that make it worthy of the archives but I do feel like it’s the worst of the three Star Wars films from the 2010’s and it doesn’t exactly leave me dying to see what Abrams does next—which is not how I felt about him a decade ago after Star Trek in 2009
  • Adam Driver is one hell of an actor—the best scenes usually involve him and Daisy Ridley (man is she good here, too)—the one with Driver and Harrison Ford is worthy of praise, too (strong imagery of them across from each other on the ship)
  • A nice shot (above) from Abrams of Ridley as a western gunslinger with her showdown of Driver in the desert—he shoots her hand on the holster like he’s Sergio Leone
  • Mostly though, Abrams direction is a functional vehicle with a fine narrative. It’s never boring—but there aren’t moments that transcend artistically like Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi (it may not have as many laughably bad scenes either)
  • The final image is a brilliant one—fitting—we have the dueling suns with Ridley and BB-8 walking off into the sunset you will—Modern Times and Casablanca
  • Recommend but not near my top 10-15 of 2019