Time for an honest moment: I loved it. I really did.
Time heals wounds, I suppose. I was still so bitter about the transition back when, I was expecting/demanding the movie I wanted. The movie that directly followed the EU I was familiar with and attached to. And I was heartbroken with the movie we got.
But time has allowed those feelings of betrayal to soften. As my husband put it, I have to judge the film on its what it is, not what I wanted. And what it is is a genuine attempt to stay true to the feeling of Star Wars.
I still have three criticisms:
1. Reboot extraordinaire
2. Han and Leia's estrangement
3. Han's death
However...I can actually get past those issues now. I'm surprised, but I can. The acting was on point, the humor was on point, the look and feel and the characters were on point. While the general plot was recycled and lackluster, this time around I was able to ask so many questions. Who's that, when did that happen, what's that? The same questions from the original trilogy that I would imagine led to the EU in the first place. It really was a good movie.
So...while I'm still saddened by the assassination of the EU I know and love, I can actually begin to enjoy what we've been given. I'm suddenly, genuinely interested in exploring the new universe. In a way, I'm excited for Star Wars all over again!
"It's not about the legacy you leave, it's about the life you live." ~Mara Jade Skywalker