Here are trailers,
Warning — Spoilers ahead (though it probably can’t be spoiled for anybody here)
This could have been a good enough movie. There was good action, nice special effects, good guys and bad guys, friendship, loyalty, etc. like a good Star Wars movie should have. But, modern SJW ideas made it fail.
Let us start with Han Soylo; he a bit of a doofus. He is not totally a spring chicken either, so ideally he would have some cleverness and maturity. But no. He makes many silly moves, some of them downright dumb, often with his ex-girlfriend watching and smirking. He smiles lots and tries to act roguish and likable, but it doesn’t work. Just like the lead in last summer’s flop, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, where the leading man tried to act the same way, and failing miserably, the character just doesn’t work as delivered. Perhaps being a roguish doofus just can’t be done.
As for the ex-girlfirend, when Han meets up with her again, she has quickly risen to the number two person in a mafia type syndicate operation. Apparently this happened in the three years since they were accidentally separated when trying to escape from the Empire’s forces. She now has lots of skillz, both mental and physical, fully overmatching Han. All modern Star Wars movies need a Mary Sue character; here she is.
So why do “Mary Sue” characters continue to flop? The conventional explanation is that people were raised in an Evil Patriachy and learned about how things should be from that. Furthermore, these people are just too conservative and stupid to change their ways. Or perhaps people have something built in that makes them uneasy about Mary Sue characters; being that they don’t fit built in Jungian archetypes. Apparently they don’t even come close, as garden variety SIW types also seem to make people uncomfortable. Short answer — these female characters just don’t fit built-in expectations, therefore causing discomfort. Additional short answer — we can suspend our disbelief with respect to science/technology, but suspending it with respect to these Mary Sue characters is painful.
Of course, there is the SJW droid that we have all heard about. She is loud, she never shuts up, she talks fast, she is always harping on SJW issues; making her a poor candidate for marriage. But wait, you can’t marry a droid, can you? Well, they make Lando and her be a couple together, with feelings and everything. Poor Lando. Anyway, I cringed every time she was on the screen. Eventually she was destroyed; that being the best part of the flick. And by the way, why would a droid be female? Droids are made on assembly lines, we saw that in the Episode II.
As for Jungian archetypes, apparently there is not one even close to the loud mouth never-shut-up SJW woman. I can’t imagine why there would be one. After all, teaming up with such a thing wouldn’t be very useful with respect to your survival, so there probably isn’t much positive imagery to be found in a mind with respect to that. So reach back in your mind, do you see such an archetype? One that has a “feels-right-want-to-associate-with” vibe?
The other characters were not so bad. You had Woody Harrelson as Han’s mentor, along with our old friend Chewbacca, and the big bad villain head to the syndicate. Since I like Chewbacca, I am glad that they didn’t mess him up.
The actor that they found to play Lando was pretty good at the job. This is one thing that they got right.
Also note that this is the first Star Wars movie where the Force does not play a role. As such, they can’t use that as an excuse as to how the current Mary Sue got her skillz. Producer Kathleen Kennedy states that the Force is female. I wonder if she considers the Dark Side female also.
In the end, if they didn’t have the SJW droid, I might of kind of liked it. But, that was enough to make it almost unwatchable.
Note: Perhaps the SJW droid was meant to be an over the top joke. Poe’s Law and all. In that case, it might have been funny. But alas, with Kathleen Kennedy in charge, this was not to be.