(This review may contain spoilers).
At the time of writing this review, I have now seen this movie twice. The first time was at the midnight showing and the second time was two days ago with my niece.
Considering I’ve been a long-time fan of Star Wars, I was immediately interested in seeing this movie and the trailer just sparked that desire even further.
Personally, I actually really liked this movie. While there wasn’t a lot about the Jedi, I liked that the movie seemed to reach much further than just a small part of the galaxy. And it was really good to see the link-ins with A New Hope.
I liked the elements of humour in this movie, especially when it came to K-2SO. I enjoyed seeing his interactions with Cassian and it was nice to see the personality in him, since C-3PO and R2-D2 had their own personalities in the original trilogy.
I did like Jyn’s personality, but I would have liked to see more of how it developed over the movie. I didn’t really feel like her goals aligned with that of the Rebel Alliance’s; there didn’t seem to be a real ‘I’m on their side’ moment. But I did like her interactions with the other characters and I did care about what happened to her. And it was nice to see little snippets of her relationship with her father.
I especially liked Chirrut and his interactions with Baze. I would have liked a bit more detail of their history together, but I felt like that with a lot of the characters. I did like the sense that the Rebel Alliance wasn’t just about the ‘good guys’ versus the ‘bad guys’; it was nice to see them making the tough choices and doing things that weren’t necessarily seen as good at the time.
This was a movie I enjoyed watching and my niece did as well. It was a good link-in to the Star Wars franchise and this is a movie I would watch again in the future and probably buy on DVD.