I would like to discuss how the movie could have turned and what decisions made the movie bad and what could have been done to make it better. I will try to touch various scenes and topics so please feel free to comment.
-Personally, with many other viewers, I wholeheartedly agree that it butchered the prophecy and development of the Chosen One arc. If Anakin had a more direct contribution to Palpatine's demise in Ep9 (explained below), it would have been ok though.
- For the entire duration of the film, I was excited and wondered when Anakin Skywalker would come to the screen. Possible points were when Luke arrived as a force ghost, Leia projected Han's image to talk to Kylo through the force and when both Rey and Kylo were seemingly overwhelmed by Palpatine. I even though he would appear by Rey's side and assist her when I started to hear Anakin's voice. Didn't happen.
- Rey's unbelievably good force/healing abillities. - If we remember Episode 3, Vader betrays the Jedi solely due to the fact that he wants to revive/heal Padme if she dies (duh). I swear if this was possible, Yoda who had lived 900 years would have definitely learned to revive/heal (not superhero Rey). Besides, the way that the force abillity worked, it definitely wouldn't be forbidden to the Jedi code. (Nothing sinister or morally wrong about it). -> Does not make ANY sense.
- Kylo should have spoken to Vader (or Anakin, or both). Though it was grimly mentioned that Palps was basically giving him false promises "show me again the Darkness blah blah", As the true Last Skywalker, Kylo should have gotten insight from his grandfather. Maybe he could have met Vader firstly but the vision would change to Anakin and Kylo finally understands what redemption is etc. An emotional piece that would further develop his character.
-The Rey vs Palpatine battle could have been played out differently and a bit longer. Was super ironic that Palpatine was defeated yet again the same way. Not very original innit? (Mace vs Palp Ep.3)
-Kylo's death seemed out of place and was just forced there as a way to bring Mary back to life. I would have preferred if he lived on and Rey was the one to do the honorable sacrifice.
-The Reylo kiss felt a little awkward as if it was between 2 cousins that didn't know they were related at that time. (would have been if it was just an embrace)
All in all, no hate was (or is supposed to be) given to the actors as they all tried hard and did an amazing job. Poor direction and writing in addition to Disney's choking on JJ are what made the movie bad.
Was the movie good? -Yes and no. Seeing what Ep 7 & 8 did, it really worked hard to correct various mistakes so yes. But from a general story/novel perspective I would say it was also greatly flawed (as stated above)
The Chosen One