No-spoiler version: it was GREAT, I'm seriously impressed how good it was, I can't even be snarky about the movie any more, at some point it just blew me away but all the plot twists, the way it handled the Force and the Jedi, all that. I wasn't excited about the movie at all but I ended up loving it.
Anyway I started this thread so we can have spoiler discussions without cluttering the pre-release one.
Longer version of my thoughts as the movie progressed:
I had so many snarky comments in the first 30 minutes or so of the movie and then it just blew me away somewhere in the middle. And it got the Force and Jedi just so right, it's amazing.
I was worried in the beginning because it just looked the we're doing TESB opening again with attack on a Rebel base.
Poe Dameron just killed half his fleet. Good job dude.
Hey remember two years ago when I first said that TFA's biggest problem was how it never explained the situation in the galaxy and I'm just confused over power balance? And some people claimed it would be explained in a later movie? Not only was it dumb back then, it now turns out to be false. I still don't know what the hell is going on in the galaxy.
Too much slap stick humor. At least don't do it in LUKE FREAKING SKYWALKER'S INTRODUCTION.
Oh btw I recommend to stop reading if you haven't seen this movie. I'll warn you again before the really big spoilers, though.
Did Snoke just read my forum posts about Kylo from two years ago? I swear I called him the same thing.
And then we get two separate movies. An amazing one about Luke Skywalker and Rey, and the kinda boring one about the Rebels.
Is that the first mention of fuel in a star wars movie? hahaha it's hilarious because the plot actually relies on it.
Why is Rey sleeping outside when there's like 20 houses available around? And probably dozens of caves? And the Falcon's? Or at you could at least lie down next to Chewie's campfire?
Three versions of Luke/Kylo past to keep the suspense!
Luke Skywalker steals the show. He's the only one who's jokes always land (except for lightsaber throwing in his intro). Poe's pretty cool too.
Wait if Luke didn't know Falcon was there then what was he doing standing on that cliff? I figured he went there to watch Rey come up lol.
Rey's Force scene in the cave would have been even better without commentary. Still... so well done. Can we get Rian Jhonson to direct more things?
The Space Las Vegas is the worst part of the movie. Can we go back to Luke please?
Who else is shocked that they didn't run into Lando? I was sure that's who they went to look for.
What's up with Not-Yoda from TFA? I thought she was wise and stuff and here she's just running around like a quircky smuggler. Should I know more about her? Should I care?
R2-D2: plays Leia's message to trigger nostalgia in the audience.
Luke: "Cheap trick".
Cinemasins: "Mark Hamill's on-set criticism of the script makes it into actual movie".
Now we're getting into major spoilers. Seriously, do not read on if you haven't seen the movie. There's like 20 plot twists in there that you do not want to know in advance.
Did they kill Leia off screen? NOPE, JUST A SET UP FOR A SUPER DUPER DOPE FORCE USE SCENE. YEAH.
The Rebel stuff was dragging at first but now with new Admiral vs Poe vs Leia power struggle, Finn and the Asian chick on the star destroyer getting captured, and Rey being on the same ship without any one knowing this, there's suddenly so much tension, TFA wishes it was half as good.
Lol at the Faclon just randomly dropping out of hyperspace on the battle field, then flying away.
Rey vs Snoke vs Kylo. This is TENSE. No idea what's gonna happen.
Choking was both simpler and more effective than throwing people around tbh. Ah, good, old, simpler days.
I know Kylo won't kill her because she can't die yet. I guess he's going to attack Snoke? What chance does he have?
Blue saber on! Did Kylo force pull it so he and Rey can take on Snoke together?
DID SNOKE JUST DIE? WHAT THE HELL? I DID NOT SEE THIS COMING DID ANYONE THEORIZE THAT COULD HAPPEN BECAUSE I DON'T THINK THEY DID HOW AWESOME IS THIS MOVIE.
I don't believe Kylo is a good guy just yet. Oh yeah, he's not!
Join me, Rey! Wait is she?
That Force duel for the saber, woooooow.
Yoda felt like an organic addition and not just fan service.
Wait if he's so powerful as a ghost and he can still use the Force and interact with mortals, why didn't he just train Luke after dying in ROTJ? Actually, why didn't Obi-Wan? Force Ghosts are even more confusing now.
Jumping to hyperspace to destroy the fleet was a great move. Should have opened with that before they started shooting down your fleet.
Aaaand here's the ice planet. You just had to, didn't you?
"It's crystals", says a random soldier to make sure we know that just because it's white, it doesn't mean it's an ice planet. Nope, those are crystals. Totally different from Episode V. Yup.
Millennium Falcon ex machina. And I'm OK with that.
The Crystal Cave of Nostalgia trench run is too much for me. It really stands out too, because this movie has gotten so good, it easily stands on its own, and this kind of scenes just take you out of the movie.
Luke Skywalker came to be a badass.
"How did he get here", I wonder. Then Poe says it.
Luke in front of the Empire... music coming to a climax... DON'T YOU EVEN DARE ROLL CREDITS NOW, YOU DO NOT GET TO PULL THAT TRICK OFF TWICE IN A ROW.
Music ended. No credits. Whew.
Luke Skywalker is OP af.
Luke Skywalker is resistant to lightsabers?
Luke Skywalker is a god?
Haha Luke Skywalker isn't even here because plot twist. I love this movie.
Hey where are all the ice wolfs, I wonder. And so does Poe. Dammit screen writers, how are you ahead of me all of the sudden?
Giving Luke a Yoda death was a very fitting for him.
I actually like Kylo now. Snoke calling him out was great, his relationship with Rey is really cool and suspensfull, his hate for Luke is pure.
IS SNOKE STILL DEAD WHAT HAPPENED HOW I LOVED IT
Kylo needs his own badass music theme, like the Imperial March for Vader.