December 20, 2017
In keeping with tradition, I saw this movie with my sister. In their keeping with repeating the episode 4-7 story arch; this was darker than the previous movie, acting as an updated Empire Strikes Back. The movie had some rough movements of way-too-child-friendly CGI and supposed-to-be-heartwarming children pumping their fists in the air. But strong casting and scenes with real gravitas kept it solidly in serious-enough land. All in all, I really enjoyed it. I loved the development of the rebellion and the emphasis on teamwork, culture, and excellence through growth as opposed to destiny. It felt more like what I love about Star Trek than what I have always disliked about Star Wars.