Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Initial Thoughts

In a nutshell: – This is not your children’s Star Wars movie.

Overall impression is that this is the film that original Star Wars fans wanted after the complaints that the prequels are too were too kiddy, ignoring the fact that the originals were for kids too. I’m not sure how suitable this film will be for kids either. But that’s not a bad thing. There is room in the universe for both, and it’s not as grimdark as some of the DC superhero films.

Cons
– The start didn’t feel Star Warsy due to lack of fanfare and crawl. That immediately put me on the defensive.
– The captions – Not needed in a Star Wars film and again lost the feel.
– I didn’t feel for most of the characters, especially Diego Luna’s character. That could have been tiredness though.
– Jyn’s speech at the council seemed out of character.
– I found Peter Cushing’s appearance quite jarring and unnerving. Something not quite right. I think it was the mouths.
– Too many cameos which could easily have been cut.

Pros
– Good to see the Star Wars universe explored a bit more deeply. Felt like a lived in universe and not a toy commercial.
– Interesting to see them investigate Force sensitive characters. Gets away from the midichlorian crap.
– Certainly the least flawed of the films.
– Alan Tudyk is wonderful as K-S20 and is actually funny.
– Don’t know what their actual names are are but I liked the TIE-Wings.
– They didn’t duck out of the ending.
– They made Darth Vader cool again with the last battle.

Long term prospects – I’m not sure how often I would watch it again. It’s a bit too serious for a fun afternoon viewing.


2 Responses to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Initial Thoughts

  1. Hmm, you found Vader cool? He was my biggest problem with the film by far as it was so completely OOC. And he didn’t look right either. But the way he acted and what he said, it was like they’d gotten AotC Anakin and shoved him into the armor, he was nothing like Vader in ANH which is supposed to be later the same day or the next few days.

    I quite liked the parts of the story that were original, but at all points where it overlapped with the OT, it didn’t work well and felt forced. Like Leia supposedly just waiting calmly in a room on her ship during the whole battle.

    I enjoyed it overall, but this film like TFA will firmly remain outside of ‘canon’ as far as I’m concerned, fun additions, but not part of the read SW.

  2. Apart from the cheesy “Don’t choke on your ambitions” line I didn’t think he was that bad. We had already had the unsettling Tarkin by that point so had something to compare it too. But I didthink the fight scene at the end was really cool so that character finished on a high point. A problem I always had with Star Wars was that Darth Vader was supposed to be this big bad ass, yet he took orders from Grand Moff Tarkin like a puppy dog. This film showed him being that bad ass to be feared.