Ok, I saw it! I’m going to repost a comment I made somewhere else, because I dont want to type that much again. Overall, I had a great time watching, and given that my expectations were low, I was pleasantly surprised. You could say, “A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.” Anyway, here goes.
You know what? I really liked it, despite it’s flaws. It had some really great scenes, overall the story seemed solid, and it was really entertaining. I was on the edge of my seat in the final battle and I had a huge grin on my face seeing my boy The Senate pull some Legends level unlimited power out and wreck the Resistance fleet. I loved what they did with Ben’s character, and I felt like Rey was handled well, compared to before. I absolutely loved hearing the voices of the Jedi speak to Rey, that was really cool.
Obviously, it wasnt perfect, though. I felt like a lot still needed to be explained/could have been explained better; such as Palpatine’s initial survival, that Sith planet not being Koriban, Palpy somehow having a kid, etc. Overall, I think my biggest gripe is that it’s really difficult to rationalize how Anakin’s sacrifice meant anything. It seems like “bringing balance to the force” should be more than a couple-decade effect, but oh well. My theory is that perhaps the chosen one is a cycle. This would work a lot better if they had done it so that Palpatine created Rey like he created Anakin, and maybe worked Revan in there or something. Regardless, the parts of star wars dealing with the deeper aspects of the force have always been really vague and confusing, so oh well. A few other minor things:
-The Sith Temple should have had some recognizable nods to some past Sith Lords -At the end, Anakin should have been there with Luke and Leia on Tatooine. Maybe start with a shot of them, and then have the sand clear to reveal the ghosts of all the other Jedi. Great cameo opportunity that was missed. -I think some of the Lightsaber choreography looked a bit clunky from a technical perspective, but for what it was it looked fine -I really loved all the fan service.
Overall, solid film, I just think J.J. Abrams is a bit too in the habit of creating new ideas without looking to the established lore, which just makes things feel inconsistent. Still, I had a great time watching. Did anyone else?