I hated this when it was first released. Maybe I just didn’t want to like it?
I couldn’t get over the fact that we knew almost all of these characters were going to die, otherwise we’d have heard of them, right? I guess you could call it the curse of the prequel. On that basis I found it pretty hard to warm to them.
This time round, I was just focussed on what was on the screen much more. And, while there are still some fairly clunky lines and moments, the overall story plays out well and the battle scenes might be some of the best in canon. Looks gorgeous too.