After Trump, you should learn not to trust the MSM.
Just saw it and slept on it. Still amazing.
I don't know what was CGI and what wasn't aside from the very obvious—I'm fairly certain they didn't actually
build a Death Star—but it didn't matter one whit. The CGI was extremely good and well-integrated. The "worst" CGI parts were the instances of "uncanny valley" where they kinda had no choice, although even that was pretty well done. All the rest—awesome.
Story and characters—we all know how it ends, so it's all about the journey, and it's a well-thought-out, sensible journey. Weakest bit was the main lead, not because she was bad at anything, but because she wasn't particularly outstanding at anything. That's not bad, it just wasn't noteworthy. Breakout role was Alan Tudyk as the droid. They modified his voice sufficiently enough that it didn't obviously sound like him and thus wasn't distractingly familiar, but you could spot it if you knew it was him, and he was awesome.
As someone who has kept up with Star Wars Rebels, it was a treat seeing and hearing the little acknowledgements scattered in a few places.
Minor spoilery bits that aren't too spoilery:
Vader's 4 minutes are unforgettable. James Earl Jones IS irreplaceable—he's still got it, in spades. We need to figure out a way to preserve and recreate his voice, cuz daaaaaamn, son!
I admit I was surprised at how they wrapped up most everyone's story-arcs—file under "didn't see that coming", although I guess I should have.
That Hammerhead ram though... O.O I was a bit skeptical of the mass/thrust ratio there, but I guess it was vaguely plausible... after all, T.I.E. fighters have ion engines so advanced from those we know today that they're effective methods of propulsion even in atmosphere, so I guess capship engines can similarly be vastly more effective than we'd expect...
Planetary shield! I believe that's the first time we've seen one in action, isn't it?
Repeating blaster FTW.
Empire: "We have a full-armed and operational Death Star."
Rebellion: "That's cute. We have these two asian dudes—"
That opening and closing hatch Jyn has to dart through... what were they thinking? What purpose could that bit of the facility possible have??
The Force mantra that guy kept repeating seemed a bit... odd. Kinda like it was more a Buddhist religion approach for him than a way of life. Which I guess was kinda true, for him. *shrug*
Undeniably worth seeing in theaters. Do—there is no try, and no "do not". Do.