Millions of casual fans will be happy with 2.5 hours of entertainment.
No nerd fan is going to ever be happy with anything other than a Star Wars film built to his own specifications.
The film has good critical reviews because most critics will be fans of film not Star wars.
The Star Wars fan sub culture are pretty much guaranteed to hate anything produced by the franchise for ever because bitching about shit is so much more fun than saying you enjoyed and if you can show how deep into the minutiae of the Star Wars universe you are to fellow nerds so much the better.
If you can say you hate it because Princess Leia's Rebel regalia is slightly the wrong shade of puce compared to that in Episode 4 you probably win the internet
That is the nature of this extreme fandom we have for entertainment ephemera these days
I think it's wrong to assume that all the people who are not satisfied with the film are Star Wars
nerds angry because they killed off Luke
or the bad guy isn't totally evil
. I think there are a lot of more casual fans/viewers like myself who take issues with massive plot holes like the big evil villain apparently being the most powerful Force user ever but having come from nowhere and getting killed in a way that even a child could have seen coming
, or the stupid fucking c*s*n* bit which was a whole lot of wasted Young James Bond meets I don't know, Paw Patrol or something just to make a vague point about the machinery of war
or Leia just fucking waking up in space and flying into the fucking spaceship
. Seriously, Leia just fucking waking up in space and flying into the fucking spaceship
. That was bloody stupid whichever angle you're coming at the film from!
Still, there were good parts. I liked
the Rey-Ren who will go dark, who will beat their urges
bit even though I thought that for more impact the roles should have been switched for the final film
. The Poe mutiny subplot was a very clever bit of distraction despite leading to the stupid fucking c*s*n* bit. And most of the action scenes were good. The amazing Force powers of Luke etc were just, well, Force powers and they've always
been, shall we say, "adaptable to the filmmaker's needs".
I enjoyed the film in parts but it was still a bit of a letdown. Not because of what they did with the Star Wars
mythology, just because as a film there were parts that were clearly botched, misguided or plain rubbish.