Here is finally a Star Wars movie that is kind of good. After the prequels and The Force Awakens, we have a movie that doesn’t cause too much groaning while watching; this is a rather nice complement I think.
There are elements stolen from the Empire Strikes Back, but it is different enough to make you not say “Oh Crap, they remade another Star Wars movie”. There are space battles, light saber battles, “discover the force in yourself” stuff, plot twists, against all odds situations where all seems lost, etc. In addition, there was character development, something that we have not seen so much lately. Fortunately there was no Jar-Jar or Ewoks to gum up the works. And there was not any explicit SJWing, for example, making a character gratuitously gay. It kept flowing forward nicely for two and half hours (once again with few groans).
As for the groans, there were a few. The First Order has a kick-ass powerful new ship that intends to destroy the Resistance Base. It is called the Dreadnought and is fully staffed with British Men (except for Diarth Emo). In all fairness, many of the good guys are British, but I am not sure it evens out. In attacking the Dreadnought, the Resistance sends these ships that they call “bombers”. KThey had a classical WWII style bomb rack with bombs. I laughed. They were as slow as molasses. They all were shot down except for one that dropped its load, destroying the Dreadnought. What is wrong with this picture? There is no gravity in space so the idea of gravity bombs is stupid. Perhaps these ships were designed by the new engineers not subject to academic rigor at Purdue. Furthermore, ships in space move rather fast; as such the weapons need to either instantaneous (like lasers) or guided (like missiles).
Lots of the pilots were chicks. Most of them looked rather nice. This was to be expected in this day and age (the chicks as pilots part, movies always have had fine looking ladies). Our old friend Admiral Ackbar was ejected into space after the bridge on his ship was hit. A particular woman replaced him, but it seemed like it was a gaggle of women. Probably the Dark Side of the Force made this happen, timing the movie’s release to the peak of the #MeToo Movement; where powerful men are eliminated, being replaced with women.
In the end, it was a pretty good movie with not an excessive amount of CGI and with a story that wasn’t boring and totally predictable.