So it turns out this movie, which is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, is a lot of fun! I went to see it with six people ranging in age from early twenties to late fifties, and aside from myself, nobody had seen all six previous movies. Despite that, we all enjoyed it. In fact I would say that you really needn’t have seen the first Star Wars (A New Hope) because the plot is almost identical. And I don’t just mean in the way that Return of the Jedi had the same plot as A New Hope. I mean almost identical. You really don’t need it spelled out for you. Although it’s a chuckle when they do just that, as when someone says: “It’s like the Death Star!” and a simile-impaired techie person says “no!” and throws up a schematic showing it’s MUCH BIGGER than the Death Star.
Anyhoo, the fun part is seeing some great new young actors take on new-ish roles, while also seeing your favourites from the first series make their cool entrances and update us on what (and who) they’ve been doing for the past 30 years. Even Admiral SquidFace is back although, disappointingly, he does not yell “It’s a trap!”
You will be pleased to know that we have maintained the Star Wars trope where a spaceship will crash land on a planet and coincidentally be walking distance from the occupant’s objective.
Finally, yes the new light sabre is very cool, and no those little side jets are not just for show. Ouch!