Well, I have to say I was completely blown away. This is what TFA should have been and what I love about the darkness of Episode III and V, the empire striking back, the evil winning. But here it's a muted hero's victory that explains the silly flaw of the Death Star, Orso's revenge. Finally, we have a film where a white man is not saving the galaxy, but a woman and a Mexican man as heroes, we've turned a corner, even with stereotypes abounding. I loved every minute of these films, and I didn't need deep introductions to these people having seen 7 other Star Wars films to get the idea of the common tropes. Jyn's choice on not joining the rebellion and letting the fight pass her by so she can live a somewhat normal life is something I find myself facing, so on a personal level I get it, do I sell out and enjoy the riches and banal pleasure that is the 'supposed' dream or do I hunker down with the others to fight for something that on some level I do believe in. Luckily for me my choice won't come for another 3 years. Absolutely loved Chirrut, the priest who believes in the force so strongly, even though not displaying some of the force powers that trained Jedi have. The possibilities of what he could have become...tantalizingly interesting. It felt like something from 13 ASSASSINS with these wayward characters trying to undue evil in the land/universe. Chirrut was funny, capable, and his reverence for the force was moving. I cried at the end of this, I haven't cried at a film since I can't remember when, even as the conclusion was so blatantly obvious. I was glad to share this movie with 2 children who are as drawn in as I was when I first saw A NEW HOPE, and the amazing Darth Vader destroying everyone entrance and ending into Episode IV were equally magical and enthralling. I would rank this in my top 10 instantly ever. There is no mushy romance, there is a friendship forged in fire and developed the way any soldiers would through the trials downrange. Magnificent.