Just came back from watching TROS, and man oh man what a movie to process. So far I feel the film is trying to play safe, adding fanservice, nostalgic cues, and trying to adress the issues they think the fans didnt like about the last movie. Although I really liked the film, (a bit moreso than TFA!) I still felt it had some flaws.
Firstly, it’s pacing. It felt too much was going on within the First act, going between Ben and Rey back and fourth, force connections, space-indian festivals, so much was going on. Although I like crazy adventurous openings, it felt too crazy.
Fortunately it slowed down a bit when we then realize about the heritage of Rey and the movie, although seems to be a three-hour movie cut down extensively, it still gave us room to settle down a little bit and take in before we go into the final battle.
Thirdly, the characters. Although I really do enjoy how dynamic the trio are, playing the game of “where-did-you-come-from?”, The new characters here, like Lando’s implied daughter, and one-off helmet girl didn’t really get to be fully fleshed out in the movie and serve as cardboard stands.
Also, Luke’s terrible wig.
Although these are some issues I found, I think a way to actually make sense of the movie, which is to hopefully get an extended cut for the bluray realize to fully realize the cut-down action, missed opportunities and sudden retcons seen in the film.