Much has been said online already about the lack of an opening crawl, and I kind of missed it. I’m used to Star Wars movies giving me that rush of nostalgia the instant that text starts scrolling up the screen.
So it didn’t feel like Star Wars at the beginning. But it felt it by the end, with some new themes and ideas along the way.
Two characters from the original trilogy are recreated through CGI. And man, I can still tell, but they’re getting better and better at making them look like real people. Some other characters are recreated through the time-old method of recasting, and dang, they’re getting better and better at making them look like real people too.
The movie raised a number of questions along the way about continuity with A New Hope, and pretty surprisingly answered all of them — or at least all I can remember. It even justifies a few things from A New Hope that seem a little off when you think about them.
It’s hard to place in the pantheon of Star Wars films. The others were mystical adventures, and this is definitely a war movie. We definitely enjoyed it, but it has a different flavor.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, there are a bunch of easter eggs dropped in for kicks. Keep those eyes peeled!
I’d say more, but spoilers. I particularly liked some of the choices they made at the denouement.