Saw TLJ last night and as others have said it was almost too much to process. I enjoyed it without knowing immediately how i felt about it, if that makes sense. I read some of the spoiler free reactions on here first and that helped lower my expectations before i went in which i think helped.
Having mulled it overnight here are my two cents. First the annoying bits:
- Leia in space:
all for her having force powers but that scene could have been done so much better
If he is such a good a breaking out of places, why was he waiting around in jail?
- Holdo/Poe dynamic:
Liked the tension but the whole mutiny thing was pointless. Why didn't she just say she had a plan?
Didn't make sense to me why Rose tried to save Finn. They were all going to die anyway and is seemed needlessly dramatic
Ok that out of the way.. the fantastic bits:
: understand why this i not to everyone's taste but the tone felt similar to the original films and personally i loved it. Even the Poe/Hux exchange
- Lightsaber battles
: enough said, amazing.
- Life on acht-to
: The weird nuns, the Jedi tree, the gross milk scene. Amazing.
: i dig them but again, like the Ewoks get why they are devisive
- Space battles
: from the bomber sequence at the start to the Holdo hyperdriving through the Star Destroyer. Fantastic.
: this took me a while to mull over but on reflection i loved how they handled Luke. His self imposed exile made sense and by the end even came across as noble, but the sequence when he walks out by himself at the end in front of all those walkers had my inner child re-emerge. Loved the force projection twist and the more i dwell on it the more i like that he is now a force ghost on his terms and (hopefully) will still have a role to play. Thought the yoda scene worked too.
Most of all i loved that i couldn't predict the story and it felt fresh. The first 45 minutes of TFA in my eyes is as good as anything in the Star Wars saga but then it gets lazy and the old Death Star story line emerges. Rogue One was great as nostalgia piece, but we all knew what was going to happen. If Star Wars is to hold a place in current pop culture (rather than just historical greatness), it needs to take risks. At first i was sad to read how polarizing the reviews were on here, but i now actually think that is a good thing. It means people care and the movies are providing material worth talking about and debating (even if it means we don't always like it).
I might be wrong, and a lot will depend on the next installment, but i think this latest film will get better and better with age. It's completely hypothetical but i bet if ESB or ROTJ was released for the first time tomorrow we would find lots to find fault with. Lets face it, if you look objectively at the original trilogy there are plenty of ridiculous parts in there too.
More than anything, as a parent i am just over the moon to have regular new SW films to share with my kids, 5-10 years ago i think almost all of us would have bitten our right arm off for that to be the case.
Look forward to hearing others feedback on the film as they see it.