As I speak, in line and just about to see TLJ a second time, and will be seeing it yet again tomorrow. This movie, just as the case was for TFA, definitely requires more than one viewing to put my thoughts together and make up my mind how I feel about it overall.
For anyone curious about my first impression, though, I did have mixed-feelings all around - a great many things I really liked, but also a great many things I didn’t. A few examples: I enjoyed the talk between Yoda and Luke, but man, I couldn’t believe how wrong Yoda’s face looked in the first couple shots (it was too ‘pudgy’ with other off-looking facial features - almost as bad as the TPM creepy puppet, honestly), but as the scene carried on, he did somehow start to look better to me; I was fine with how Snoke died, but I’m not yet sure I liked how so suddenly he was taken out without learning a single new, interesting thing about him, so to me he was a wasted opportunity and just a one-dimensional baddy; I liked that Finn got the chance to have a proper face-off with Phasma, but hated how once again her character was treated; if only their fight and her (definite) death were in VII instead - that would’ve been far better for both characters (Now I just hope she died for good because it’s been embarrassing how her character has been treated in both films); I liked that they attempted to give Leia some strength with the Force, but the execution of it was so cheesy to me (when she was ‘flying’ in space back to safety with that ‘Peter Pan pose’); I absolutely loved the Rey and Kylo dynamic, but I wish I cared more for the Finn/Rose; I liked certain aspects about Luke, but certain other things did feel disjointed from how we knew him in the OT (I was really hoping for a better reason reason for his self-imposed exile while the First Order and Snoke rose to power, instead of just feeling guilty about Ben). Those are just some of my initial likes and dislikes that come mind, but sometime after my third viewing, I’ll give a proper review and cover more.