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Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
12.13.2016
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PLOT: When an Imperial defector claims there are secret plans to the Death Star that reveal a weakness, the Rebellion recruits the daughter (Felicity Jones) of the man who built the weapon and a hard-bitten Rebel spy (Diego Luna) to steal the plans and get them back to the Rebellion.

REVIEW: Like many of you, I was a bit wary of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, mostly due to those pesky re-shoot rumors surrounding Tony Gilroy and credited director Gareth Edwards. Having finally seen the film, I shouldn’t have worried and whatever post-production complications there were, they aren’t reflected in the movie itself.

This is exactly what Edwards always said he was going to make - a STAR WARS war film. While there’s no opening crawl, make no mistake - this is a STAR WARS movie. A true ensemble in the mold of WW2 adventure classics like THE GUNS OF NAVARONE, ROGUE ONE is grittier fare than you’d expect. People die, and tears are shed. Anyone who thought it would be watered-down should think again.

While Felicity Jones’s Jyn Erso is the beating pulse of the film, and a terrific character to hang the premise on, the ensemble nature of the film is being undersold somewhat. In fact, Diego Luna’s Rebel spy, Cassian Andor is just as central, having easily as much screen-time as she does. Her journey is relatively familiar for STAR WARS in that it doesn’t take long for her hard-bitten pragmatist to be won over. However, Andor is a far-different hero then we’ve seen before, being a cold-blooded killer willing to do whatever it takes to help the Rebellion win. That same goes for Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera, who’s an even more cold-blooded anti-Imperialist, that even the rebellion doesn’t trust. All three of them are great and give the film some real flavor, something we don’t always get in big-budget tentpoles.

All that said, the real cult heroes are going to be three of the supporting characters. Like BB-8,, it’s the droid here that steals the show, with Alan Tudyk voicing K2-SO, who seems like a more bad ass version of C-3P0, using a similar British accent, but coming off as cooler a character than 3P0 ever did. If R2D2 could talk, he’d sound like K2-SO. Of course, Donnie Yen is legendarily cool, as is his onscreen pal, played by Mainland Chinese superstar Jiang Wen. The two play what seem like the Shaolin Monks of the Force. While Yen’s character has enough ability or awareness of the force that his blindness is only a mild handicap, Jiang’s character is more cynical and has completely given up on the Force. The make for a fun pair, with Yen getting more humor than you’d think. Also, watching him demolish stormtroopers with Kung-Fu is a seminal geek moment.

As the baddie, Ben Mendelsohn is as good as one might hope, but it’s hard to get too into his role without getting into spoiler territory, so a more comprehensive run-down will have to wait (a more detailed review will be posted Friday). Suffice to say, this gave me everything I wanted out of a STAR WARS movie, and seeing a standalone was actually a treat, in that it tells one complete story. If you want to see the ROGUE ONE sequel, just watch the original STAR WARS (A NEW HOPE).

My only caveat is that maybe Edwards and company err too much on the side of caution by shoe-horning in cameos. The minor ones are terrific, some of the others feel slightly tacked-on, but fans will eat them up. The score by Michael Giacchino is very impressive given how quickly it was assembled, and the occasional cut to the old Williams themes will bring down the house Overall, I had a terrific time with ROGUE ONE, and, fans forgive me, I think it might even be a shade better than THE FORCE AWAKENS. You all are going to love it!

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6:56AM on 12/19/2016

Loved It!

Big Star Wars fan but actually wasn't that excited for Rogue One, after seeing the movie I thought it was awesome!
Did anyone else notice near the end of the film Vader giving orders to the guy who played Boba Fett? Not sure if it was him or not.
Big Star Wars fan but actually wasn't that excited for Rogue One, after seeing the movie I thought it was awesome!
Did anyone else notice near the end of the film Vader giving orders to the guy who played Boba Fett? Not sure if it was him or not.
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2:43PM on 12/18/2016

It IS better than The Force Awakens!

Rogue One is fantastic! This is what Star Wars needed. A group of filmmakers who are not afraid to tell a dark but hopeful Star Wars story. This film made me smile...a lot! The magic of Star Wars was with Rogue One!
Agree, a solid 9 out of 10
Rogue One is fantastic! This is what Star Wars needed. A group of filmmakers who are not afraid to tell a dark but hopeful Star Wars story. This film made me smile...a lot! The magic of Star Wars was with Rogue One!
Agree, a solid 9 out of 10
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2:15PM on 12/18/2016

9/10 Chris? So......

Only a little bit better than Ghostbusters?
Only a little bit better than Ghostbusters?
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1:25AM on 12/16/2016

High 7 low 8

I thought the characterization of the side characters was lacking. They force you to "like them". I didnt care about any of them cause i wasnt as connected as I was with Jyn. Bad ass action though. Best Vader scene ever. I liked the outcome as well. Just didnt care for the blind guy, his buddy, the pilot or even Cassian really. It could have just been Jyn and K2SO and I would have liked it.
I thought the characterization of the side characters was lacking. They force you to "like them". I didnt care about any of them cause i wasnt as connected as I was with Jyn. Bad ass action though. Best Vader scene ever. I liked the outcome as well. Just didnt care for the blind guy, his buddy, the pilot or even Cassian really. It could have just been Jyn and K2SO and I would have liked it.
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5:20PM on 12/15/2016

Finally...

A worthy successor to the original trilogy. Much more dramatic than expected, and the battle scenes were among the best in the franchise. Just WOW.
A worthy successor to the original trilogy. Much more dramatic than expected, and the battle scenes were among the best in the franchise. Just WOW.
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10:04AM on 12/15/2016
Loved it. This is the best war star wars movie.. BTW Donnie Yen's character is one of the greatest badasses of SW history..
Loved it. This is the best war star wars movie.. BTW Donnie Yen's character is one of the greatest badasses of SW history..
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8:47AM on 12/15/2016

Better than TFA

I thought it was great and a lot better than TFA which was basically a retread of ANH. Dark and gritty but with quite a few laughs (well I laughed) wasn't weighed down by being the start of a new trilogy and yeah we all know how it ends but a must see for any Star Wars fan.
I thought it was great and a lot better than TFA which was basically a retread of ANH. Dark and gritty but with quite a few laughs (well I laughed) wasn't weighed down by being the start of a new trilogy and yeah we all know how it ends but a must see for any Star Wars fan.
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12:23PM on 12/14/2016
I saw this movie and this movie is shit. The worst of the franchise. Never again will I put myself in a position where in surrounded by 40 year old nerds dressed up as Captain Kirk and shit thinking its a cool thing. Losers
I saw this movie and this movie is shit. The worst of the franchise. Never again will I put myself in a position where in surrounded by 40 year old nerds dressed up as Captain Kirk and shit thinking its a cool thing. Losers
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2:13PM on 12/15/2016
Says the guy who readily jacks off into his own mouth while watching Suicide Squad.
Says the guy who readily jacks off into his own mouth while watching Suicide Squad.
1:29AM on 12/16/2016
40 year old nerds dressed up as Captain Kirk??
Maybe you were in the wrong theater
40 year old nerds dressed up as Captain Kirk??
Maybe you were in the wrong theater
10:59AM on 12/14/2016
Looks like another good Star War movies.
Looks like another good Star War movies.
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10:42AM on 12/14/2016
Just got back from the theaters for this flick. I think what's so good about Rogue One is that it actually has a lot of things that The Force Awakens didn't really have. A more relatable heroine, for one. It has a less grating robot sidekick, a band of people whose motivations actually make sense, a tragic villain that we can hate and feel sorry for at the same time, and it feels like the war movie that we wanted but got cheated out of in Attack of The Clones. So yeah, I'd say this is far
Just got back from the theaters for this flick. I think what's so good about Rogue One is that it actually has a lot of things that The Force Awakens didn't really have. A more relatable heroine, for one. It has a less grating robot sidekick, a band of people whose motivations actually make sense, a tragic villain that we can hate and feel sorry for at the same time, and it feels like the war movie that we wanted but got cheated out of in Attack of The Clones. So yeah, I'd say this is far better than The Fanb... I mean Force Awakens.
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5:56AM on 12/14/2016

"a shade better than THE FORCE AWAKENS" ...

... thanx, Chris. I'll wait for BlueRay.
... thanx, Chris. I'll wait for BlueRay.
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3:09AM on 12/14/2016
I read somewhere that out of modern big budget blockbusters this is one of the very few where the main core of heroes has zero white males.Isn`t that crazy,cra cra!
I read somewhere that out of modern big budget blockbusters this is one of the very few where the main core of heroes has zero white males.Isn`t that crazy,cra cra!
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3:09AM on 12/14/2016

Can't wait

Like it could be difficult to top the steaming pile of "meh" that was TFA. Funny that a prequel that we already know the ending to sounds more original than last year's actual sequel.
Like it could be difficult to top the steaming pile of "meh" that was TFA. Funny that a prequel that we already know the ending to sounds more original than last year's actual sequel.
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2:20AM on 12/14/2016
I dont know about all this 9/10 talk... i would hope its better then the Force Awakens.. Im not like most people who thought that was a great movie... All that movie was, was a mash up of 3 movies that were actually good out of the entire franchise, ill go see it but i'm not as optimistic, or impressed as everyone else who watches these films.
I dont know about all this 9/10 talk... i would hope its better then the Force Awakens.. Im not like most people who thought that was a great movie... All that movie was, was a mash up of 3 movies that were actually good out of the entire franchise, ill go see it but i'm not as optimistic, or impressed as everyone else who watches these films.
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11:21PM on 12/13/2016
I've read reviews that say it lacks what The Force Awakens had. Whatever that is. Not a huge fan of TFA so I can't take such reviews seriously as TFA wasn't very good . A lot of cringeworthy moments in TFA. This one looks more up my alley. Have a feeling I, going to like this one far more.
I've read reviews that say it lacks what The Force Awakens had. Whatever that is. Not a huge fan of TFA so I can't take such reviews seriously as TFA wasn't very good . A lot of cringeworthy moments in TFA. This one looks more up my alley. Have a feeling I, going to like this one far more.
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8:36PM on 12/13/2016
The trailers honestly didn't do that much for me, but all the good buzz surrounding this one is getting me excited to check it out this weekend.
The trailers honestly didn't do that much for me, but all the good buzz surrounding this one is getting me excited to check it out this weekend.
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4:48PM on 12/13/2016

The Guns of Navarone

I'm a Star Wars fan, but after the prequels and TFA, I have no enthusiasm for this. But I'll watch because the Guns of Navarone reference has me intrigued. A Star Wars film after that mold sounds like my kind of movie.
I'm a Star Wars fan, but after the prequels and TFA, I have no enthusiasm for this. But I'll watch because the Guns of Navarone reference has me intrigued. A Star Wars film after that mold sounds like my kind of movie.
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4:38PM on 12/13/2016
This looked better than the Force Awakens from the start, so it's great to hear that's the way it seems to be (at least according to this site).

But I just like how it's a one and done with completely new original characters that we have no idea about except the ending.
This looked better than the Force Awakens from the start, so it's great to hear that's the way it seems to be (at least according to this site).

But I just like how it's a one and done with completely new original characters that we have no idea about except the ending.
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3:21PM on 12/13/2016

Consider my ticket bought

Of course I was going to see it, and take my family as a Christmas treat, but it's nice to see I can do it with more enthusiasm.

My only concern is my mom wants to see it because it's Star Wars (she loved the OT, hated the prequels and loved TFA). However, My only issue is she lived through World War II so hopefully the battle scenes won't be too intense for her (she walked out of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN).
Of course I was going to see it, and take my family as a Christmas treat, but it's nice to see I can do it with more enthusiasm.

My only concern is my mom wants to see it because it's Star Wars (she loved the OT, hated the prequels and loved TFA). However, My only issue is she lived through World War II so hopefully the battle scenes won't be too intense for her (she walked out of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN).
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3:13PM on 12/13/2016

Good to hear!

I loved The Force Awakens, so really looking forward to this.
I loved The Force Awakens, so really looking forward to this.
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3:12PM on 12/13/2016

I was worried it would be a generic CGI romp...

Take away the 2 points from Bumbray reviews to get the usual scores and we get a 7/10, that's not bad.
Take away the 2 points from Bumbray reviews to get the usual scores and we get a 7/10, that's not bad.
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3:01PM on 12/13/2016
I loved The Force Awakens so to hear this is even better makes me very happy. I can't wait!
I loved The Force Awakens so to hear this is even better makes me very happy. I can't wait!
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1:28PM on 12/13/2016
force awakened sucked balls so I am betting this is a lot better than 'slightly' better. I am looking forward to it.
force awakened sucked balls so I am betting this is a lot better than 'slightly' better. I am looking forward to it.
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1:27PM on 12/13/2016
Sounds good, but what I really need to know is how much screentime and character development Mads Mikkelson gets. Or I just need a Hannibal season 4
Sounds good, but what I really need to know is how much screentime and character development Mads Mikkelson gets. Or I just need a Hannibal season 4
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1:24PM on 12/13/2016

So then it's a 7/10

Still not bad. I'll have to see it myself. I don't care for the main character, so here's hope, from me, that the rest of the cast delivers and the script holds up. Am I a little sexist? No. I'm a lot sexist. But that's only when it comes to action/horror/sci-fi. Jone's character will have to be written very well to win me over. The rest looks fantastic.
Still not bad. I'll have to see it myself. I don't care for the main character, so here's hope, from me, that the rest of the cast delivers and the script holds up. Am I a little sexist? No. I'm a lot sexist. But that's only when it comes to action/horror/sci-fi. Jone's character will have to be written very well to win me over. The rest looks fantastic.
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2:52PM on 12/13/2016
"Am I a little asshole? No. I'm a big gaping asshole." - FTFY
"Am I a little asshole? No. I'm a big gaping asshole." - FTFY
3:55PM on 12/13/2016
Is Spraragen too weak-minded to accept my comment without insult? Yes. Yes he is.

p.s. The asshole comment doesn't bother me, I wear it proudly. Unlike pussies such as yourself, I speak my mind, whether it goes with popular thinking or not. You should be glad people like me exist and not sheep like you...people who can't stand opposing opinions. That's a sign of weakness. You sir, are a weak minded twat.
Is Spraragen too weak-minded to accept my comment without insult? Yes. Yes he is.

p.s. The asshole comment doesn't bother me, I wear it proudly. Unlike pussies such as yourself, I speak my mind, whether it goes with popular thinking or not. You should be glad people like me exist and not sheep like you...people who can't stand opposing opinions. That's a sign of weakness. You sir, are a weak minded twat.
4:48PM on 12/13/2016
How can you not care for a main character in a film you haven't seen yet? Does it really matter who plays the main character in movie? It's not like casting women as main characters hasn't worked in the sci-fi genre before. There was a pretty successful sci-if movie franchise built around a woman that started all the way back in 1979. And those were "the good old days." :Rolls eyes:
How can you not care for a main character in a film you haven't seen yet? Does it really matter who plays the main character in movie? It's not like casting women as main characters hasn't worked in the sci-fi genre before. There was a pretty successful sci-if movie franchise built around a woman that started all the way back in 1979. And those were "the good old days." :Rolls eyes:
3:29AM on 12/14/2016
Generally, someone who is openly sexist has either never been laid or has been rejected by even the most desperate of women. That aside, you are clearly an idiot for judging a character that you haven't seen besides whats been shown in tv spots and trailers. So until you have seen the movie, shut up and return to your hole and cry about how pathetic your life is where you hate anything that has a vagina
Generally, someone who is openly sexist has either never been laid or has been rejected by even the most desperate of women. That aside, you are clearly an idiot for judging a character that you haven't seen besides whats been shown in tv spots and trailers. So until you have seen the movie, shut up and return to your hole and cry about how pathetic your life is where you hate anything that has a vagina
5:43PM on 12/15/2016
Oh, come on people, don't be less open minded than the people you accuse of being close minded, please !
I disagree with him but it's his right to not like a female main character in Action/SF/Horror films. He never said it was a bad thing, just that it's not his thing. SO FAR, what he saw of the film (trailers and Cie, I guess) made him not caring for the main character, YET AGAIN, that's his right... And he DOES write that if she's well written he might change his mind.
So far, YOU, the so
Oh, come on people, don't be less open minded than the people you accuse of being close minded, please !
I disagree with him but it's his right to not like a female main character in Action/SF/Horror films. He never said it was a bad thing, just that it's not his thing. SO FAR, what he saw of the film (trailers and Cie, I guess) made him not caring for the main character, YET AGAIN, that's his right... And he DOES write that if she's well written he might change his mind.
So far, YOU, the so called guardians of rightfulness are the only one insulting and over-reacting !
BTW I loved this 'Saving Rogue One' a lot !
12:30PM on 12/13/2016
I hope it's more than just a shade better than Force Awakens, as this unimaginative copy of A New Hope that only a hardcore Star Wars fan could praise is one of the most overrated movies I've seen to date. Rogue One seems a lot more promising though...
I hope it's more than just a shade better than Force Awakens, as this unimaginative copy of A New Hope that only a hardcore Star Wars fan could praise is one of the most overrated movies I've seen to date. Rogue One seems a lot more promising though...
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12:51PM on 12/13/2016
You're free to hate The Force Awakens, but saying "only a hardcore Star Wars fan could praise [it]" is objectively incorrect.
You're free to hate The Force Awakens, but saying "only a hardcore Star Wars fan could praise [it]" is objectively incorrect.
2:58PM on 12/13/2016
I'm a moderate Star Wars fan at best and my brother-in-law (who was 14 when we went to see the movie in January) knows very little about the franchise, and we both enjoyed Force Awakens. I really think you're being a lot harder on the movie than the average person who went to see it.
I'm a moderate Star Wars fan at best and my brother-in-law (who was 14 when we went to see the movie in January) knows very little about the franchise, and we both enjoyed Force Awakens. I really think you're being a lot harder on the movie than the average person who went to see it.
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