I am sitting here, drinking a Saint Arnold’s Amber Ale (That should give you a hint of where I’m from) and I am in shock. I am absolutely furious. I am furious because I finally love a Star Wars film more than I love Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. I cannot say enough good things about the direction that Rian Johnson has taken this franchise. Every aspect of this film was flawless. The cinematic and visuals of the film were groundbreaking. The suspense was killing. The character progression, both old and new to the series, was incredibly moving. The plot/story telling was unparalleled. This film was amazing and deserves any future award it may be nominated for and all the praise from fans. As someone who found Rogue One vastly better than Episode VII, I have never walked out of a movie theater thinking that the director, writers, actors, and crew of a film have done this great of a job. I’m dead serious when I say that it rivals and in many ways trumps Episode V, a film that has been one of my favorite pieces of all time. Again, I cannot say enough good things about this film. The twist and turns of it all will leave any Star Wars fan satisfied. I am furious because I have to wait some odd amount of time to get the next installment of the franchise, after being so hooked on this film. It is technically opening day and I am already purchasing tickets for my second showing just so I can not only re-live the film that brought me so much excitement, but so I can go back and pick up on anything and everything that I missed.
I see both sides of the coin on this one. There were a lot of things I really loved and a few things I didn't care for. On the one hand, it didn't feel like a Star Wars movie. I didn't get the same butterflies that I normally do. That said, it's probably a good thing. The Star Wars universe is expanding and deepening and I think it's time to start adding variety. I feel like under the circumstances of the film, the characters stayed true to who they are and I had a great time watching it. Isn't that what it's really about? It even touched on a few issues I've always had with lightsaber tactics. Overall, I don't have to recommend this movie but I would. I mean face it, if you're reading this it's just for fun. I've never met a more loyal fan-base and I don't know a single person who is on the fence about watching this movie but if I did I would recommend watching it. There were a few moments that I would have done without but all-in-all, I'm glad Rian Johnson came in and shook things up!