Disclaimer: I like movies a lot and I like Star Wars and general scif-fi/sci-fan also a lot. I'm not one of theose SW people that will know all details, lore and whatnot about SW universe and frankly I dont care.
So I went into this expecting it to be better than TFA, having given that a pass on its resemblance to SW (A New Hope) as I understood that JJ had to somewhat re-ignite the SW fire and put it back on track, removing some ill feelings related to teh prequels (I like them just fine btw, not great though). So I expected TLJ to be propper good and propper SW, and it was (is).
The movie went often in directions I didn't expect and even subverted my expectations I grew accustomed to in this type of film. Many blockbuster movies these days use the same formula and structure and thus one often "knows" where it will lead, which makes many movies feel bland and sameish. Not that TLJ made ground breaking choices, but it did try new things and as said before, went in unexpected directions, which is for me always a good thing when a movie manages to surprise me.
As I mentioned in a topic months ago, they went the grey Jedi way, even though they have not (yet) fully embraced it, but the overall notion that people on either side have nuance and depth, often conflicting feelings, make this Empire level good movie (for different reasons) for me. Its not preachy about doing the right thing and all that nonsense, it has people doing what they think is right, fight for it and then live with the consequences, hopefully growing and learning from it, which all "main" characters did in their arcs.
The only less enjoyable part was the get key-maker plot, which felt forced a bit and does not really add much to the whole other than giving a few characters some screen time they otherwise would not have, its not done too good and can be skipped for most part.
The battles and fights are great though, and that Laura Dern Moment when the movie goes silent is one of the greatest movie moments in the last decade, you could hear people's heart beat in the theatre and everyone stopped breathing for a few seconds. That was a great moment. I love when directors make great use of sound design in combination with visuals, sound is a powerfull tool for great movies that not many make good use of it.
Anyway, long story short, The Last Jedi is a great movie and a great SW Film, I'm going to watch it at least once more and will be eager to see how JJ concludes this trilogy and more so am interested in what Rian Johnson comes up for his new SW trilogy. We need more good sci-fi.
Also watch it as big and with as many people as you can. May the force be with you, even though that is not how the force works.