The leads are good, and and it always looks cool, but this feels like it needs something more than the two ladies talking with each other to provide most of the drama.
The poster for this movie was ubiquitous in video shops for about a decade, but I've never managed to catch it. Now I have, and it's tempting to say the poster was the best bit -- but that's a bit unfair to the cast and the general production design. It's mostly the plot and direction that's a mess.
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The rhythm-less pacing and nostalgic box-ticking made it all a bit tedious, but there were still moments of spectacle to be had. The new cast was pretty good, even as they were mostly holding on to the plot as it rushed by.
I think my main trouble was that everything was so small; certain pieces of tech notwithstanding. It wasn't really a galaxy, just 4 or 5 locations where Skywalker kin kept bumping into each other randomly. At least we…
I couldn't say I've followed the plot of this particular franchise with close attention, but it's usually nice to see Alice back in action, and this delivers well enough. I do remember the first movie quite fondly though, and in calling back to that they do finish things off very neatly -- and possibly with more sense than might be expected.