Director Rian Johnson took over the helm for this film and he made some choices that created a darker Star Wars film than we have seen. The film picks back up with the Resistance led by General Leia evacuating their base as the Empire attacks. Young hero Rey finds Luke Skywalker and begs for training and help his sister Leia has requested.
After his failure with Ben Solo (Kylo Ren), Luke is bitter and believes the Jedi should come to and end so doesn’t want to help out. Rey discovering more of her ability also forms a connection through the force with Kylo Ren leading her to believe if she goes to him she can save him from Supreme Leader Snoke and the dark. Eventually Luke does aid her and come to his sister’s aid. Needing to come up with a plan to attack the Empire, Poe sends Finn and new Resistance character Rose on a mission to find a hacker to help them break onto Snoke’s ship to remove the tracker they have on the Resistance. The journey Finn and Rose takes is probably the largest detractor from the film. It was too long of time spent away from Rey and the rest of the Resistance. Throughout the film Johnsonbuilds up the usual tropes of action films of the hero reaching their goal or making a sacrifice but then breaks it. Finn and Rose’s journey ends up all for naught which then makes the amount of time dedicated to it even more annoying. Overall I did enjoy the film though even with the plot points that has fan up in arms. It seems to follow a bit more of a trilogy path where the first film builds you up the second is dark and pulls the characters into an unknown state before a glorious finale. Daisey Ridley and Adam Driver were excellent in the development of their characters and the brief moment we get to see Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as brother and sister on screen together warmed the heart as we know it will be the last now. Would still recommend as a trip to the theater to add to the overall Star Wars world.