So, I assume you guys have all seen it, and don't mind me spoiling the big reveal about Jar-Jar -- but I have said too much. Nah, just kidding. I won't say anything about the members of the original trilogy who show up. The new guys are a lot of fun:
- Poe Dameron (Oscar Issacs): the cool hotshot rebel pilot
- Finn (John Boyega): Storm trooper gone AWOL. Of course, as a Storm Trooper of color, he was assigned to Sanitation
- Rey (Daisy Ridley): Orphan on desert planet who finds a droid - remind you of anyone?
- Rylo Kenny (?): The mysterious new Darth figure
I thought the tone and style was right in line with the grandeur and sens-a-wonder of the original trilogy. J.J. Abrams didn't put too much of himself in (a few lens flares, maybe) - we had just watched Star Trek into Darkness, so we were attuned. The parallels and callbacks were cute, not too excessive. We thought the same thing about Abrams' Star Trek movies - he gets what made the originals great, and he brings it back.
But I'm afraid some of the big emotional beats - the "Chewie, we're home" moments - didn't really do it for us. I'm afraid there wasn't a damp eye in the house, at least in our house.
Still, a good action film, and worthy member of the franchise. I still haven't seen eps 2 and 3, but I'm willing to pronounce that trilogy a misfire. If Force is any indication, I'm looking forward to the next two.