I bought my ticket weeks in advance, I waited outside of a theater in the cold for two hours at the head of a long line of Star Wars fans, I got the best seat in the house, took my seat and watched the most hyped movie of the decade. As star ships screamed across the sky, blasters scorched the scenery and John Boyega sweat profusely, I began to realize something: I'd seen this movie before. Not being the most avid Star Wars fan myself, it took me a few scenes to understand what exactly I was watching and when I did, I was confused. So there I sat through the rest of the movie just wondering if anyone else had realized what was going on, what we had actually paid money to see. It was only after the roaring applause had died down, the credits had finished rolling and I walked towards the exit heard something that answered my question, "Wow, well that movie was great! Way better than the Phantom Menace!" The well had still been poisoned from Episode I-III. The people had loved The Force Awakens. They loved what amounted to little more than an updated version of A New Hope. With that intro out of the way, let's get to talking about this movie! As you may have gathered from what I said above, I don't really think all that highly of the film. Sure it was very pretty and the action scenes were cool but that's all there was to the movie. The story was just a retread of what we've all seen before in A New Hope. The new characters weren't interesting (particularly John Boyega's) and the plot was so painfully safe. Maybe I'm just not a big enough Star Wars fan...but hell, even I saw all of the callbacks to the original movies. Why is everyone so happy to watch a movie that they've watched before? So, what did you all think?