Watched this one at the cinema twice. First the normal version, then VFR HD (is that the right abbreviation...?).
It was great. It was nostalgic, yet it was new, and it ended with just the right amount of sacrifice.
It feels like they're following a strict formula with these lately though. It's so exciting. So engaging. So great but still... there's something missing.
I miss that natural warmth and character with the older ones. I miss the differences. It's the same thing with each one of these now. They try hard, but maybe they try a bit too much.
Star Wars has become such a huge franchise that it's probably difficult for loyal fans to quench their expectations with each sequel, and maybe that's why they now pour their all into each and every one of them, but I'm no loyal fan. I'm a casual fan. I feel like I could have become a loyal one if they just slowed down a bit and let things have their way. Like they used to. Took some time to build things, and get creative with the premise.
I should've reviewed this in full back when I first watched it though. It's been a year now. I'm sure I had a much richer net of impressions after the first watch. About the sometimes lacking special effects in particular, something about the suits, and the chase... feels like I'm forgetting a few details now, but overall impressions remain. It's great but: still the same.
rated 4.5/5: almost awesome