I didn't like this as much as I hoped I would... The performances are great and I love some of the stylistic choices, but I went in expecting a film centred more around Mr Rogers, rather than Lloyd Vogel. The story built around Lloyd is a bit too predictable and not as heartfelt as a film about Mr Rogers should be.
I really liked it. It does feel a bit like JJ's version of Episode VIII and IX put together. It's messy, a bit convoluted, and I don't like every story choice they made.
Despite this, I think it's a great ending to the trilogy and it has some seriously good moments in it.
Easily the best Mission Impossible film, and quite possibly one of the best action films ever made.
It has the continuous heart-pumping momentum of Dunkirk and The Dark Knight, while sustaining the classic defining elements that remind viewers just how slick and over-the-top this series can be.
...but definitely not as good as it could have been.
I didn't like the ensemble cast that much and none of the characters were developed to any significant degree. The score didn't feel quite right, and several lines in the script were pretty bad. The first half's pacing was also very choppy.
However... it WAS visually stunning, Vader was incredible, I enjoyed the extended backstory of A New Hope, and I genuinely thought THAT CGI character looked unbelievably good.
A worthy addition to the Star Wars Universe, but lacking the magic that makes the numbered entries in the saga so memorable.