So Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
has released internationally. If you don't know what Star Wars
is, you are a terrible person who has probably literally been living under a rock for the past half century. Rogue One
, however, is a tale set apart from the main Star Wars
films, telling us how a group of rebels stole the plans for the evil Empire's Death Star.
Let us talk of it in this thread, filled with spoilers.
Okay? You've been warned. Here be spoilers.
I just got back from seeing it, and I liked it, but didn't think it was great.
It felt different enough from the other films in the series that it very clearly wasn't a "standard" Star Wars film, and I appreciated the injection of grey morality into what's usually a set of stories that has a pretty black-and-white perspective. I also think the film improved substantially in the second half of the film (especially for the horror movie scene with Vader, fucking yes
that was exactly what I wanted).
I definitely had some issues with it, though. At first I liked the CGI for young Tarkin and Leia, but it was juuuust
unrealistic enough that it left me in the uncanny valley when they were on screen. That we sort of... knew how the film was going to end also reduced a lot of the tension for me. Gosh, are the rebels actually going to be able to transmit the data? Well, yeah, of course they are. I also think they overused the "random ceasefire while cradling a dying person" thing, but that might have just been me.
Initial, slightly drunk reaction summarised; it's not perfect, but it's a far
better prequel than the prequels.
One question that seemed to go unanswered, unless I missed it; when Bail Organa's talking about getting help, it sounded like he's talking about a female jedi who helped him during the Clone Wars. At first I thought he meant Obi Wan (but he's obviously not female), and then possibly Leia (but she wasn't around during the Clone Wars), so did I horribly mishear that conversation or was there a hint towards a new character being introduced at some point?