Poe Dameron's entire arc leans in to the read: the Han-Solo successor from Force Awakens finds himself out of place in the military strategy of The Last Jedi, where hotshot pilot behavior stands a better chance of getting everyone killed then saving the day in a last-second countdown. Finn and Rose's entire subplot is a bust (only plot-wise -- a glimpse of Canto Bright and Benicio del Toro's archetype-cracking smuggler more than make up for the duo's detour), but in the end, Poe learns to stop mansplaining his female superiors and trust a plan, however bleak. The subtext to the most damning Last Jedi tweets seems to be there's a right way to Star Wars and a wrong way to Star Wars. Like, Poe, the movie suggests, we could all stand to trust the judgment of those tasked to save the day (and deliver a damn fine blockbuster).
"The Rebellion is reborn today," Luke tells Kylo Ren in their astrally projected showdown. And with The Last Jedi, so is Star Wars. The movie isn't perfect, but a slog of a first hour makes way for striking compositions, the most exhilarating saber battles in the series' history, and for the first time, unknown unknowns. Luke, having exerted his life force and faded into the stars, hands the mantle of "the last Jedi" to Rey, who won't be the last. The final shots of the movie offers a glimpses of new hopes: an inclusive Rebellion, a fight in the hands of the next generation, and warriors yet to be found. If hardcore Star Wars fans open up their beloved franchise to same expansion, they too might find their "Broom Kid" (who deserves his own trilogy, frankly).
Luke's has a few more parting words for Kylo Ren before dissipating back to Ach-to: "Strike me down in anger and I'll always be with you." So you hate The Last Jedi because it isn't like the other Star Wars movies. That's fine. But the direction has changed, and while Rey is holding on to the Jedi scripture for the time being, the future looks irrevocably different. J.J. Abrams will wrap the sequel trilogy in 2019, working off the precedence set by The Last Jedi. And in the years to come, Johnson will break out with his own trilogy, detached from the Rey storyline and set in a new part of the galaxy. What "is" Star Wars? For the first time, we have no idea, and it's a thrill.
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