Anybody else see it last night? Thoughts? Spoilers below…
I’m not sure if I just wasn’t paying attention, but Rey being Palpatine’s granddaughter totally caught me by surprise. Loved it! Sort of an homage to “Luke I am your father.” Not quite as dramatic though. Palpatine’s reveal was spooky too with the lightning flashes revealing his twisted face.
I thought the first third of the movie felt really rushed. I wonder if any of those story points were supposed to be laid out in episode 8? Some of the signature JJ Abrams ironic irreverence really bothered me too. One of the first scenes where Kylo Ren is having a conference with some of the generals, I think Hux made fun of his mask or something. You don’t embarrass a sith and get away with it. Kinda took me out of the scene.
The set pieces were amazing. The saber battle in the carcass of the Death Star! That fight felt pretty unique, I think it’s because there was no music for a good portion of it, just the waves crashing. Also liked that they showed Kylo Ben’s classic Tie parked next to Luke’s X-Wing in the final battle. Assume he found that somewhere in the Death Star carcass.
Felt inspiration from Avatar: The Last Airbender when Rey finally made contact with all the previous Jedi Knights. Also felt some inspiration from Avengers when Lando brought all those civilian ships to the battle just in the nick of time. Not complaining about either though.
Overall I loved the movie. Satisfying end, and plenty of nostalgia packed in.