Without a doubt, LLL sits alongside Solo and The Lion King as one of the worst films I've ever spent money to sit through in a cinema. It started off okay.... but then they almost seemed to lose interest in making a musical, and begrudgingly just shoved in a few mored variations on the same tedious number over and over. For two leads who are both competent actors and singers, it was a shame that nobody thought to put them usical numbers within their comfortable range, rather than always seeming to be half a key out of it. Also a shame that neither of them were able to coem close to replicating the dance sequences the film was trying to reference. I came out if it feeling like I'd have been less annoyed if it had been some lesser-known Woody Allen picture I'd whiled away a couple of hours to on a plane, or some other second-rate fare - in the musical genre, Greatest Showman seems a fair comparison. It too did inexplicably well. Saw it earlier in the week. I went in with low expectations as a lot of people I know who have poor taste (the sort of people woh hated TLJ for making Luke Skywalker interesting for the first time, and who liked both Solo and the prequel trilogy) raved about it. I was entertained. Neither the worst film I've seen this year (hands down the Lion King, in which ironically every single CGI animal was bereft of a bumhole, given the end product stunk like it fell out of one), nor the best (Joker by a country mile), but perfectly entertaining, and I'll watch it again if I chance across it on TV some time, or it's on in a hotel or something. Rey's ultimate revelation was a little disappointing (I hate the whole tying everying into bloodlines) BUT it could have been so much worse. Not that big a deal. There were oodles of fan-service but for me done in a way which enhanced, not ruined, it. Nice to see the Sith had the sense to build a small companion droid that could converse in English instead of making the owner learn a series of bleeps and bloops... The Dead Character's cameo was a pleasant surprise, and a very decent performance, not least after his phoned-in, "will this do?" non-effort in TFA. The footage of Carrie Fisher was well used. I liked what they did with Ben/Kylo. In fact, the only sour note for me was the rather brutal brushing aside of Rose, by far a more interesting new character than any of the three crying and hugging at the end (especially Rey, very much the Luke Skywalker of this piece). Rose deserved at least a 'reunion moment' if nothing else. I find it interesting to note that sicne taking over the franchise, The Mouse has made five films in total - one perfectly acceptable (TFA), two very good (TLJ / RoS), one probably the best film in the franchise (Rogue One), and one singular stinker every bit as bad as 'Episode I' (Solo. Obvs.). That's an 80% hit rate, compared to Lucas, who in his six managed a hit rate of probably 40% (the first three, in release order - with penalty points for the retrograde changes and petulent refusal to make the un-messed versions readily available).