While I was entertained enough to sit through this movie, they made some terrible, terrible choices with it that'll likely capsize the trilogy as a whole.
Ask yourselves: What is the one thing that will make you most excited to see Episode IX now?
Whatever your thoughts about TFA (I loved it), there were a lot of reasons to go see TLJ next. Off the top of my head:
To find out how Kylo Ren and Rey would end up on the two sides of the Force.
To see Luke's part in the new saga play out
To find out who Snoke was, where he came from and what he was up to
To find out what Rey's secret backstory was
Well, all of these have been completely resolved now. Yes, they can twist things as much as they like in the last minute, but TLJ told us very clearly to expect that all these four issues have been dealt with. As in:
Kylo is the established bad guy of the series, Rey is the hero. They've had their moment of crisis, and they've made their choice. I was so sure we were going to see something original happening here, with the hero and the villain trading places, but TLJ places them very solidly in the hero/villain role at the end.
Luke's part is now played out except maybe some Force ghost appearance
Snoke was no one in particular
Rey had no secret backstory
Any one or two of these resolutions by themselves would have been welcome in this movie. Finding out that Rey is really a nobody is fine by me, given that every possible theory has already been floated anyway. I was also okay with Snoke's surprise demise.
But right now, there's nothing that really excites me about a third chapter. The only card left to play is a final conflict between the Resistance and the First Order, and I'm really not invested enough in that conflict at this point. We know that the Resistance will win out in the end, and the characters simply aren't interesting enough that a simple who-lives-who-dies war movie will be enough.
So yeah. They overplayed their hand here.
3 of 6 stars. Liked the lightsaber fights, liked Luke, generally I like Rey, but she was better when she kept me guessing about her past and future.
PS. Bonus nitpick. What the FUCK was up with Yoda? There was audible laughing in the theather when he appeared, and for good reason. Not only did he look insanely weird, but the tone of his appearance was also impossible to read. He called lighting down and set fire to the library and giggled like some insane clown puppet, and I was sure that it was supposed to be some weird horror scene where it turned out that Snoke was actually fucking with Luke's mind. I was so weirded out that I had a hard time settling into the nostalgia scene that it turned out to be in the end.
PPS. Wtf was up with the scene in Snoke's throne room being a play-by-play of Luke in the Emperor's throne room? I get the idea of creating the parallel, but I swear that half the lines Snoke said were exact repeats of the Emperor's lines in ROTJ. I was absolutely sure this pointed to a reveal of Snoke having a relation to Palpatine because it seemed so over the top.
This is not how it works. If there was still a mystery there, the movie would have hinted at it. Revisiting a settled mystery one year later doesn't work because it seems tacked on, but keeping a mystery alive is great for selling tickets. So no. This mystery is settled.