To be honest. even though I did like 'The Force Awakens', I thought it was slightly disappointing. Indeed, like many others, I thought it was way too similar to 'A New Hope'. However, thanks to this last entry, I finally understood what they tried to achieve with 'The Force Awakens' which was basically to show that you could make a decent Star Wars feature and, at the time, they took no risks whatsoever. In fact, this new spin-off was the real test as it was not a sequel or a prequel and none of the most familiar characters had a major role. Eventually, I have to admit that I was quite impressed as it turned out to be one of the best Star Wars features I have seen and easily a big improvement on 'The Force Awakens' . Indeed, it was quite spectacular, the characters were interesting enough (this robot K-2SO was above all just really awesome) and the damned thing was simply really entertaining. Furthermore, I liked the fact that they took a darker approach, for example, by showing the shaddy aspects of the Alliance and how some of them must have done some terrible things for the 'cause'. Of course, there was also the fact that all the main characters actually died in this movie which was something really bold. To be honest, I also think that there was a practical side to these deaths. Indeed, if they would survive, how would you explain why they didn't show up in the first trilogy? Still, it wasn't completely flawless. Indeed, there were probably too many characters so none of them really had the time to be properly developed. Above all, at the end of the day, the story was actually nothing really amazing. I mean, basically, it was just about some guys trying to steal some blueprint so it wasn't really supposed to be some epic tale, even if the makers tried obviously to blow it completely out of proportion. In fact, I think I would have preferred to have the final act to be some kind of 'Mission Impossible' including a crew of maybe 5 or 10 people only instead of the massive battle they eventually provided. Anyway, even if it wasn't perfect, it was still a damned fine blockbuster and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.