Please note, I don't care that Leia used force power to go back to the ship. My issue with that scene was that it was a fake-out death in the first place.
I don't care that Rey's parents were nobodies. Other than the skywalker clan – wherein Anakin was a “vergence” in the force – I never viewed Jedi or Sith as being hereditary.
My main issue is that the movie was extremely poorly written. The director had this idea that he wanted “these” special effects, and he wrote an inconsistent and bad story to get to those special effects… instead of writing a really good, consistent, story that led to the special effects. Here’s some of my complaints culled from my facebook postings:
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD – YOU’VE BEEN WARNEDW
Who’d have thought that Yoda had the ability to use the Sith Force-Lightning Power all these years? I know - a director that wanted a splashy lightning-bolt eye-candy on-screen instead of a boring telekinesis power to move books into a fire scene.
What really irks me about this movie is that something gets established (they’re trapped in this old base with no way out) but it gets thrown away 5 minutes later when it’s no longer convenient to the plot (oh wait there is a way out, we’ll just follow these fox creatures). It's similar to how Indiana Jones is completely irrelevant to Raiders of the Lost Ark, Luke’s arrival and death is completely irrelevant to the escape from a Hidden Rebel Base. Had Luke not been there, The First Order would have blown the doors open, the Crystal Foxes would have run through the hidden caves, the Rebels would still have followed the crystal foxes and escaped. Luke died for no reason at all.
Yeah I thought her death would be a great conclusion to her story, since Carrie passed away. But nope. It's a big fake out. Lame. Also, I'm a stickler for getting science things sort of right, such as - you don't freeze to death in space, what happens is that your blood boils. Also, it takes a really long time to actually "freeze" in space, because there's nothing that will take your body's heat away from you. I don't recall star wars changing those physics in their galaxy.
So Snoke gets chopped in half, and then his red garbed guards attack. Right there I’m thinking they’d be thinking “nope, not going to attack them, these two force users just chopped Snoke in half, I ain’t touchin’ them.” But whatevs… let’s, for the sake of argument, assume they do attack. Kylo Ren would force snap the neck of the first red guard that came after him. Then he’d snap the neck of the second red guard that came after him. Then the rest of the red guards would back away and drop their weapons and give up. But no… the director must have been thinking, “force neck snap isn’t big-awesome-eye-candy, and I want a ‘Kylo and Rey as Allies lightsaber fight’, and this is my plot design to get to the big awesome visual whoosh whoosh lightsaber fight”.
The “can’t hear you, is General Hux there” was funny the first time, but by the third I was “ok ok ok I get it”.
I thought the furry penguins were well done – they were cute, they were funny, and their screen time was extremely limited.
At least 1/3 of the movie was a completely irrelevant distraction on some side-quest that went nowhere and wasn’t necessary: “Lets get Finn together with this girl send them to find an ‘always entertaining’ Benecio Del Toro to show a high roller casino / chase scene and then have them sneak into the big bad ship to disable the super secret tracking device only to get caught just so we move into a faux-lightsaber battle to kill Capt Phasma and, um, not disable the tracking device, because… we aren’t going to perform a miracle escape that way anyways, but it does let us introduce a side-plot to this side-quest via a mutiny from the hot headed X-wing pilot that went nowhere and didn’t matter anyways.” Why not just use this side-quest ship that can’t be tracked to, idk, maybe pick up some fuel? Or maybe use this untrackable ship to, idk, evacuate the rebels to parts unknown? That’s just bad, inconsistent, storytelling.
You’re telling me the “First Order” didn’t have any other ships that were around, that could, I don’t know, hyperspace to “in front” of the rebels? Is it just the rebels that could detach a ship that isn’t trackable to fly across space, sidequest a casino, and hyperspace back in the time frame? You mean that every single First Order ship wasn’t en-route to kill the last remaining bits of the rebellion? At least in ANH, Empire, and Jedi – there was some semi-believable and logical military tactics and strategy.
The fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy can't outrun a star destroyer, but some old-school beater-cruiser can outrun a brand new batch of "First Order" ships?
Then - when it comes to the whole Snoke/Luke/Rey/Kylo plot - It felt like the director really wanted to make the 3rd act of the trilogy, and kind of forgot that this movie is the 2nd act. That’s all I’ll say about that, for now. Hope I didn’t rain on anyone’s parade too much. Rant Off, for now.