Goat Boy wrote:I really enjoyed it. Yeah, it’s a straightforward Dirty Dozen style war movie but it ticks all the boxes and deepened the story nicely. I mean you know the empire are Evil and the rebellion is on the edge but not quite this much on the edge. The highlight for me was the rush towards the end of the movie as it segues into A New Hope. That made me go a bit tingly. I think they handled that really well and of course Vadar in the tunnel is the highlight of the whole movie. Total badass and there’s real desperation from the rebels there. The dude shouting “help us!”, the door ajar just enough to hand the disc through, the dude shouting “launch!”, Vadar staring out into space. So close yet so far. Great stuff!
I did find the CGI Cushing slightly jarring I have to say. The Carrie Fisher one less so. I’m not sure they needed to show Leia’s face though. It might have been nice to just see the disc being handed over or something. Any fan recognises the dress, we know what’s going on and the significance of it. It’s a huge moment in the saga of course and seeing what came before and then seeing the moment from a new angle was nice. Like I said, there was a real rush there, like watching history unfold but from a fresh perspective.
I’ll go and see it again soon.
Yep, agree with you on pretty much all counts, except for the Cushing/Fisher aspect. I had no problem with seeing Cushing on the screen again like that, but found that final view of Leia's face quite jarring. A little more subtle, side-on angle was probably all they needed to complete the circle of the story .... but in many ways that was THE money shot for the whole 2nd half of the film. And it is Star Wars after all, so subtly isn't really an essential part of the deal.
The Vader scene at the end was fucking great, and in general i liked the way the story had a darker side - several characters in the film are clearly 'scarred' in some ways, and they discuss/react to some of these issues in ways we kind of haven't seen since "The Empire...". They do and say some things which show them to be torn between their own right and wrong in quite human, real ways, at least for a Star Wars film.