Joseph Skywalker’s review published on Letterboxd:
"You failed him by thinking his choice was made. It wasn't. There's still conflict in him. If he turned from the dark side, that could shift the tide. This could be how we win."
Johnson had a very deep understanding of the franchise, but chose to create a unique vision. I loved the ending. Over time, there are Master's that give us Hope. We all have it within us to make a difference, though. We don't have to look up to heros, we can choose to become one. The Force lives in all of us, not just specific bloodlines.
Rian Johnson has an excellent grasp on the Force. I loved the scene when Luke tells Rey to "reach out" - and then there's an explanation of the balance of the Force.
I loved how Rey didn't find the answers she was looking for in the darkness, just reflections. In the end, it didn't matter who her parents were; she chose into being a Skywalker. She let go of pain and fear, and became a Master...
...But even Master's like Luke can succumb to fear. Being one with the Force, and being a Master, is a constant battle; and, it requires neverending vigilance and being completely fearless and free of ego.
Luke let fear and ego get in the way... He then cut himself off from the Force... Which can sometimes happen after trauma.
"Hope is like the sun. If you only believe in it when you can see it, you'll never make it through the night"
I liked when they burned the sacred texts... because the answer to everything is already within us all. I like to remember Yoda's reminder that "failure" is simply a learning lesson.
I love Laura Dern in this, and her sacrifice... "She was more interested in protecting the Light, than she was seeming a hero"
If you put aside any frustrations you may have in regard to this movie being within a beloved franchise, there is plenty of beauty to see.
Another excellent piece on: sacrifice, unity, empathy, and love.
"I saved you, dummy. That's how we're gonna win. Not fighting what we hate, saving what we love."
"No one's ever really gone."