From Screen Rant:
“While there’s precedent for much of the humor in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Canto Bight scenes feel dangerously close to the tone of the prequels and not deserving of the new tone J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson have constructed. […]
Almost fitting of that legacy, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the subject of much debate. There’s a lot of topics flying about, but the scenes in Canto Bight seem to be one of the key parts of the film that nearly all audiences and critics have disliked. And when looking for reasons why the tangential casino trip feels so out of place, it’s hard not to draw comparisons to the worst parts of the prequels. […]
The Star Wars universe has always been a grimy, well-worn looking place, which is part of what initially turned people off from the prequels. From the gleaming CGI surfaces to the uncanny valley of digital aliens to the gaudy costumes and sets, the aesthetic of Episodes I-III felt far removed from the original trilogy. For Lucas, the attempt was to show how things were before the fall of the Republic, though it’s undeniable given his track that he was a bit drunk on the power of CGI. More than just feeling off, the look of the prequels mirrored the overuse of slapstick and cheap gags to make the films far more adolescent than previous entries. […]
Sadly, nearly every moment in Canto Bight feels like an unfortunate retread of the prequels. There are hordes of CGI aliens (all delivering goofy gags), every surface is gold and gleaming, and there’s a prolonged chase sequence involving fathiers that ultimately leads nowhere. Even the instances of practical effects and characters get overshadowed by flying coins and silly voices. And while the scenes allow for some discussions of class in the Star Wars universe, much of the character work and commentary is lost amidst zany antics.
It’s not hard to imagine how some streamlining could have delivered the same story beats and message without all the prequel trappings (indeed, originally the scene was going to be a very different beast), and it’s not clear whether the choices were Johnson’s, Lucasfilm’s, or both. Everyone’s mileage when it comes to the new tone of Star Wars: The Last Jedi will vary, but it’s clear that the Canto Bight fans were delivered was better left on the cutting room floor.”