See, lots of those points are valid points. But lots of them aren’t. And if I have to do mental gymnastics in order to like the movie, then there’s something wrong. I’m sorry, I don’t believe Luke Skywalker would even on instinct ignite his lightsaber to a child that has been corrupted. Hell, in the movie he says no one’s ever truly gone. And he called Kylo Ben, so I think he believes there’s good inside Ben. And there clearly is, TFA made it pretty clear, and I don’t think TLJ took all of it from him, which is another reason why I find it hard to believe that he would be more corrupt than Vader.
About Rey facing her greatest fears… eh I guess that on paper it would be an interesting conflict within her but we have a cave scene for the sake of having a dark side cave, ending up in a somewhat shallow scene. Then we have the reveal scene and puff, no one even mentions that struggle and she seems fine with it. So I don’t believe from what I’ve seen and what was said in the movie that Rey is a character that faced any struggles that would make you really relate to her.
I like the ideas behind Kylo, but at the same time that I think TLJ made him much more interesting, it made him much more boring. I don’t know how to explain really. Maybe I should rewatch the movie, after all it has been almost a month and there’s a lot to process.
I like Rose, except for when she saves Finn, and I really liked Finn and Poe with Holdo and Leia in the movie.