As for Star Wars...
It didn't do anything terrible whatsoever, but it also did nothing great whatsoever. A completely middling film.
I saw it because a couple of friends of mine begged me to go to a new theater with them. It cost $5.
Didn't hate OR love any of the new characters. Again, completely middling. Would've liked to see a nice role for Forest Whitaker but he uh didn't really get one.
CGI Peter Cushing? He looked 95 percent real, but the 5 percent of him that didn't has the hilarious effect of ruining the whole thing and making me sneer. Did Carrie Fisher live long enough to comment on the CGI Carrie Fisher?
I will say one thing, the destruction of Jeddah (get better place names, guys) is the best-looking visual destruction scene in any SW movie, the way the explosion was so big it reached all the way up into space, and you see a top-down camera angle when the Empire goons are looking down at what they just did.
Isn't it hilarious that Felicity Jones saves that little screaming crying Asian baby girl from the middle of a firefight, and then later you realize she's dead when Jeddah gets destroyed? LOLOLOL dead kid!
As far as cutesy references to other SW movies goes, err...Admiral Ackbar turned up just like in TFA, yay, whee, who cares.
The final space battle is okay, I guess, I sort of liked the visual effect of those weird blue-plasma-wall thingies that other ships would crash into, and Gareth Edwards likes to spin the camera around like a loonie, so yay, but I laughed very hard at how the victory is achieved by making ships crash sideways into each other.
SPOILERS: None of the deaths really made me cry or anything. The deaths of Jyn Erso and whatever Diego Luna's character is called involved a hideous visual cliche, two lovers embracing/kissing as a gigantic tidal wave of destruction sweeps them up, I never want to see a shot like that again in any movie, just like I never want to see NYC destroyed with special effects again or a light beam shooting up into a swirling mass of clouds over a city ever again.
Side note: The funniest bit of casting trivia in 2016: CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG WAS IN THAT (PRESUMABLY) AWFUL INDEPENDENCE DAY SEQUEL. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP. CHARLOTTE "CUT MY OWN CLITTY OFF IN A LARS VON TRIER MOVIE" GAINSBOURG.