A solid sequel with great energy. Some needless gender conflict that goes nowhere and resolves itself, and that’s the most frustrating element which holds it back from being the perfect sequel.
The world:“Animal extinction is a problem!”
The world: “Human trafficking is a major problem!”
Trump: “Such a nasty woman!”
Trevorrow: “Wait I can use that...”
There were moments where this movie made me feel something, which is way more than I can say for its predecessor. Owen and Claire are finally the bargain bin Alan and Ellie they were meant to be.
Go figure - I like a Star Wars movie. We live in an interesting time where our expectations for a franchise built on the success of a single film back in the 70s hinge on the very same cultural phenomenon. Filmmaking has certainly changed in the last 40 years, and Star Wars has changed with it. For all the stunted idol worship we've given the series, it still manages to produce exciting and adventurous films. Yeah, some of the best…
Review from the Louisiana International Film Festival premiere
Damn me for liking this movie. The first 25 minutes tried REALLY hard to get me to walk out, but by that point I realized that the story was actually doing a good job of... being a story. And the characters were well-rounded. And the romance wasn't contrived. And it was (mostly) uphill from there. I'm genuinely happy that this film was a literal surprise (this was a secret screening held under lock and key until the moment it ran onscreen) and that I was not expecting to see it.