(Spoilers galore. You had five days; if you haven’t seen it by now, you don’t really care what someone says about it, anyway.)
The most obvious thing after watching Last Jedi a second time? Rian Johnson loves Star Wars, he just doesn’t love your Star Wars. If there was any doubt, he scatters hints throughout the script.
Luke: This is not going to go the way you think!
Yoda: We are what they grow beyond.
And, most telling:
Kylo: Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you are meant to be.
No spoilers. Yet. I avoided them all, including the trailer, so I won’t ruin your fun, either.
I’m on record that however good the experience of watching Force Awakens was, the movie itself was essentially a remake of New Hope. I watched it again yesterday in anticipation of … well, you know. After a year away from it, the first 50 minutes are really, really good. And then the Death Star 3 shows up and it’s Newer Hope and you remember who directed it. With Force Awakens, what we knew about J.J. Abrams turned out to be true — he knows how to start a great story, but has no idea how to end one.