Garbage. Unsatisfying. A waste of time. Audience rating of 53% on Rotten Tomatoes.
And yet also:
Awesome. Incredible. The epic we've been waiting for. Critic rating of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.
I'm talking, of course, about The Last Jedi, AKA Star Wars Episode VIII, AKA the newest divisive chapter in the long-running saga. What amazes me is how there seems to be absolutely no middle ground in reactions this time, aside from a very, very small few. I find it interesting enough that instead of doing a review for the movie like I intended, I'm going to try and explore the possible reasons for this, as a fan and a storyteller. For the record, yes, I saw it and enjoyed the hell out of it. That said, I do understand why some fans may not care for it. I hear your complaints, and am going to try and address them here.
Or I'm just going to talk out of my ass for a little while. You decide.
Fear not, I have kept this all spoiler-free as far as The Last Jedi is concerned. All the others are fair game.