Yes, I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi last night. I laughed, I cried, I raged, and then I went home. And this morning I found myself in a surprising calm. Inevitably, the first question people are going to ask me is "was it good?" The easy way to answer that question is to be like a Jedi and respond with a question, "Do you like Star Wars?" If the answer is "yes", then the only logical conclusion is that they'll see it anyway, no matter what anyone tells them. Should a Star Wars fan see it? Absolutely! But beyond that, I don't really have a good answer. Words like "good" and "bad" don't really seem to quantify what this movie is doing. You see, my real first reaction to leaving that theatre was anger. Seriously, I pissed off about Rian had just shown me. I felt somehow betrayed. But when I woke up this morning, I felt an ease of calm passing over me and I realized that I was wrong. The best answer I have to that question is to quote Luke Skywalker himself: "It's not going to go the way you think." I say this because there are *a lot* of surprises in this movie. All of the Snoke theories on the internet are wrong. Rey's parentage is revealed, but it's not what you think. Yes, the movie is *really* dark, but it's also balanced with a ton of humor. In fact, this is probably the funniest Star Wars movie we've ever seen. There are seven different heroes journeys going on in this movie, dealt with in 3 1/2 - 4 pairs. That's a lot of stuff going on at once. And it can be hard to follow. Most of them don't end up with any lasting effect. Most of them don't seem to have any point. Most of them are even caused by the fact that characters don't tell other characters some information that it seems like they should know. The whole plot of this movie is based on miscommunication and funny enough, we end the movie in pretty much the same place we began. At first, I found both of these elements _really_ frustrating. I was seriously going to get on my computer and grill Rian Johnson about how bad this movie is, about how lose the plot is, and how this movie is oddly boring. But this morning, as I think on it more calmly, I realized that this is real life. And as frustrating as it is to watch on screen, these are real characters going through real struggles and learning real life lessons. Rian is telling a story of struggle, and of failure. And I don't mean light vs. dark, resistance vs. first order. I mean everyone. Everyone fails a lot in this film. And while I had an issue dealing with this on the first viewing, upon reflection, I realize that this is what this 2nd chapter of the trilogy was always supposed to be. For the first time, we're seeing a Star Wars movie that is more about the journey than the destination. There's a real poignant moment in the film where a character I won't spoil says that failure is the greatest lesson that can be taught. I feel like this line perfectly describes this movie. And before I get into any more possible spoiler territory, I'll end with one more point. I was hoping this movie would expand the mythology around The Force, and at first, I thought it did on a shallow level. But once again, this morning I started to consider the the movie on a larger scale, and I realized that my expectations were unreasonable. No one character knows everything about The Force. Of course they don't, how could they? The only one that does is the person writing the story. And to that end, I think Rian Johnson actually hides the nature of The Force, it's inherent will, in the very nature of the movie itself. When you go into the movie, go into it looking for balance. Every aspect of the movie seems to be striving for balance. Maybe it gets there, maybe it doesn't. I'm going to go watch it again and look for that. But I feel like this is what makes the movie weird to watch. Movies don't give us balance, they give us excess. To close out this initial review, I'll try to answer the question again. Is it good? The acting's great, the space battles are great, blah blah blah, we already know that. But the most important thing to know is that it's not as satisfying to watch as you might want it to be. But it's an important movie that might just be more ambitious than we ever thought.