I had a good laugh over "Rey, granddaughter of Palpatine"...and didn't end up completely hating it, actually? It's an unabashed beat for beat rehash of Luke's arc in the original trilogy, but I'm a sucker for heroes with intimate unavoidable ties to villains, which gives the final confrontation some extra kick. Unfortunately, the family tie isn't developed or explored sufficiently enough--a consequence of going two entire movies without it--that the way it concludes doesn't feel earned.
I liked Rey getting to choose her own family name at the end, bringing the movie's title to full circle. I think that was what I liked best about the movie.
I'm pro-Ben redemption, I think that was the most interesting route they could have taken that character, though this wasn't the way I'd hoped it'd go down. Redemption of a villain having to live with the reality of what he's done? Yes! Redemption of a villain ending in his death? No! The redemption process felt too quick and clean too. I did like the scene with him envisioning Han's ghost and recreating the moment of his murder that ends in love, though.
I'm struggling to remember what else I thought of it. I liked Finn finding another former Stormtrooper, I wish more was done with that and his background. Rey putting Luke and Leia's lightsabers together was sweet. Rey, Finn, and Poe never really managed to "click" as a trio, which was unfortunate. Rose's demotion from major character to minor character with only a few lines was infuriating. I like Reylo, but similar to Ben's redemption, I don't think this is how I wanted it to go down. Poe's Disney corporation-assigned "He's not gay!!" bounty hunter girlfriend with the sexy strut was lol. Too many fakeout deaths. Not enough Lando.
Don't have much desire to revisit this one. I'm glad these sequels happened because they got me to rewatch and fall in love with the original trilogy, but I think this is where me and Star Wars part ways as a franchise.