People feel really strongly about The Last Jedi and I get it, it's a franchise that means a lot to a lot of people and they're hyperaware of how well their expectations are being met. The appeal of the Jedi, for me, has always been their choices -- how they navigate the light and the dark and how each decision they make can bring them further in one direction or the other. It is this sentiment that dominates The Last Jedi, a film that focuses on the "what ifs" and "if onlys" of those that pursue the force.
At the the center of the conflict is Rey, the smart, strong, badass who seeks to understand the force inside her despite it being much more complicated than she could've predicted. She tends to follow her gut and ignores those who try to mansplain her own instincts to her. Rey's determination and hopefulness is infectious which makes her the perfect face of the Resistance.
Speaking of mansplaining, this movie is all about underestimating female leaders. Between Rey, Leia, and the newly introduced Vice Admiral Hodo (Laura Dern!) men constantly question the authority and intention of the women in power and are constantly put in their places by ladies who know what they’re doing.
The perfect face of the behind-the-scenes rebel effort is Rose, a maintenance worker who teams up with Finn to try to save the Resistance. She's just as plucky as Rey and completely dedicated to the cause. She's technically smart and socially savvy which is not a combination you see often on-screen (especially not in women). Basically, she stole the show for me and now I want to see Rose spin offs!
The Last Jedi inspires hope in the face of overwhelming evil and the way Rey and Rose (and Finn and Poe!) embody it is refreshing. Honestly I needed this pick-me-up in the face of the overwhelming evil we all face on a daily basis...