Well I finally got caught up on this thread & now I can make a few comments. I grew up on the original trilogy & when I say I'm a huge Star Wars fan, it's an understatement. Like so many others, I've seen all the SW movies hundreds of times. I live for Star Wars & the fantasy escapism it has provided me for over 40 years now.
I won't rehash what many have already stated, but for me TLJ was without a doubt, the biggest letdown & disappointment I've ever experienced at the movies. I went to the midnight show on opening night & left the theater completely dejected & discouraged. I could not get into the movie, because every two minutes some glaringly stupid plot point, poorly written dialog, or cringe worthy joke would completely jar me right out of the moment. When Luke disappeared I was like "Oh he's dead now? Wonderful...That's the icing on this shitcake of a movie". Reluctantly, I went to see it a second time, which only reinforced my immense dislike of the film, and I know a huge portion of diehard fans feel the same way. I will not see it in theaters again.
I still cannot believe, with all the mountain of books, comics & material to choose from, Disney thought that THIS would be the best storytelling path for Episodes 7-9. Just unbelievable. Now that the women writers have come to light & it's clear that there was no coherent story arc fleshed out at the start, it's all starting to make sense why these new trilogy movies are such a disappointment.
TLJ will make its billions, and it will be all smiles from Disney I'm sure, but they have a huge problem on their hands now. Here is the end result of leaving HALF of your fanbase disappointed (and downright angry) about this film.........You've lost the excitement & blind devotion of your fan base. You made poor storytelling choices, disrespected a beloved character like Luke Skywalker, and really dropped the ball on this one. Quite frankly, I could care less what happens in Episode 9 now. I'm sure JJ Abrams will open his ears to fan criticisms & try to fix what went wrong in Episode 9. But for me, I don't care because I've decided I don't like these new characters. And my childhood heroes are dead, so there's that. Way to go Disney. What a shame.
If you would have told me 4 years ago that I would be saying today... "Boy, I wish George Lucas would have made Episodes 7-9 instead of Disney"...I would have eaten my plastic lightsaber for lunch!! Oh what could have been! At least we would have gotten a trilogy focused on Luke, Han & Leia running off to face one last galactic threat, while passing the torch onto their children at the end of Episode 9. Such a wasted opportunity. Episodes 1-6 have always been about the Skywalker bloodline, and it's like these writers & Rian Johnson just decided to shit all over that legacy with Episodes 7-9.
Bring on the Star Wars stories. That's all I really care about now. Give me a Boba Fett & Bounty Hunter Underworld adventure. Or cast Ewan McGregor as middle-aged Obiwan on Tattooine watching over young Luke. Or a Vader/Emperor team-up movie. Give the fans what they really want.