Rarely have movies ignited such fan furor, either in support of or opposition against, than does the Star Wars franchise.  People have long since romanticized the original trilogy so much that nothing that comes after it can ever measure up, no matter how good it is.  Most see the prequels as a giant step backwards, and many have felt that this latest trilogy is somewhere in-between.  For me, I don’t look at it as lore that must be followed, which is why this trilogy has been fun for me.  This movie is no exception as I enjoyed it immensely and give it 4.5 Icees.  At the time of this writing, the professional critics have it at 57% and the fans at 88%.  That’s not too surprising as this is not the artsy Academy Award nominee that critics typically like.  It’s just a fun Star Wars movie for Pete’s sake.

This movie is not perfect and I’m not giving is such a high rating because I am saying it is.  I am giving it this rating because I just plain enjoyed myself and after all, isn’t that what movies are for?

The pluses of this movie are many.  The entire movie is well-paced (no real dead spots).  The action scenes are plentiful and exciting.  The one-liners are few but when they do show up, they are funny.  The shout-outs to movies from the past are obvious and sometimes forced, but surely will please the die-hard SW fans.  The light saber fights are very well-choreographed.  The special effects (except for one bad CGI moment) are amazing.  Once you learn **spoiler** you understand how Rey was able to use the force so quickly in the previous movies, which has been a personal issue between me and my brother from another mother.  He will probably say he hates this movie but will buy it immediately the first day it comes out.

The minuses are few, but do exist.  For one, this movie pretty much invalidates much from The Last Jedi (you may like that, I don’t know, but I didn’t), especially what the last scene represented, but to say how it does so would be a spoiler.  If you’d like to find out how, simply shoot me an email or use my Reviews By The Don Facebook page and post the question there.  The plot is thin and for the most part predictable, but that doesn’t stop it from being fun.  Also, the way Palpatine comes back (you’ve heard his voice in the trailers so this isn’t a spoiler) is very nonchalant and you just have to accept it and move on.

Since I judge each movie on its own as best I can, I confidently proclaim that I really liked this one.  In fact, I’m seeing it again on Saturday!  I’m sure some will hate it and some will love it, but most will probably fall somewhere in the middle.  But as long as you enjoy yourself, that’s all the really matters, isn’t it?

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