It’s just good, man. Glossy-eyed Tarkin and Leia are unfortunate, and some other needless insertions could be done away with, but it doesn’t build up against the overall film. The dogfights at the end clench it for me. I just really enjoy this movie, and can’t stop thinking about how Chris Stuckmann made a whole damn analysis video about why he thought it was bad - what a jackass.
Now THIS is... a better attempt. It still frustrates me to no end that the best scenes involving Padme helping to establish what would become the Rebellion are cut from the film entirely. The dialogue is smart and flows exceedingly better than the rest in the film. All that aside, the action is better, the romance is... somewhat realized, and Jar Jar only has one line. And Ewan McGregor is genuinely the best part of the film for me. He's…
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.