No Spoiler Review
The short answer is that the movie erases all of the concern over whether it would further tarnish the legacy of the original trilogy. In this reviewer’s assessment it was very nearly flawless, with the exception of a few plot holes which need to be filled at some point. The pacing was just-right and the action was a solid mix of the people-running-around-shooting-blasters and space-ships-zooming-around-blasting-each-other variety. There was plenty of catnip thrown in for the fanboys but if I had one complaint it would be that they went to that well a few too many times. It’s an easy way to score points with the fans, but it makes it a bit harder for the new characters to establish themselves among so many inside references and jokes. One final comment is that the CGI, which was more of a distraction than a help in Ep I-III, was so perfect in this movie that I had to remind myself it was in use. All in all, definitely worth seeing, maybe more than once.
Spoiler Review (You Have Been Warned)
Assuming the readers have seen the movie and (mostly) agree on the above review, I’ll just use this to focus on my favorite moments and issue a few complaints.
- The reveal of the Millennium Falcon was so out-of-nowhere and so awesome that I think it kind of floored the audience at my showing. Applause was delayed as we all took it in, but then everyone basically went bananas. Only in the Star Wars universe can the reveal of a spaceship do that.
- I don’t think they did a good job of explaining the relationship between the New Republic and the ‘Resistance’. Hard to tell if this is an oversight or more details will come in Ep 8.
- I used my nerd crystal ball and ended up correctly predicting Kylo Ren as Han and Leia’s son. Han called him Ben, which was actually the name of Luke’s son in the Expanded Universe. I was really wondering if Rey was their daughter, but it seems like Leia would have told her that after Han’s death.
- Not the sendoff I would have liked for Han. It seemed designed to establish Kylo Ren as evil, however after his other behavior and getting his ass kicked by Rey, it really made him seem more like a teenager acting out.
- Supreme Leader Snoke had a bit of a Wizard of Oz vibe for me. Interested to see how that plays out.
- Wasn’t a fan of Han and Leia having been apart all these years, as it felt like a replay of the plot from Indiana Jones 4.
- The humor in the movie was definitely 2015 but it worked.
- I could probably have done without another death orb that needed to be destroyed.
- I will certainly be spending the next several days thinking about this and speculating on Episode 8, so that seems like a solid compliment.