I really enjoyed seeing Rogue One on Thursday; as a movie, I think is is better than The Force Awakens. (Though as a Star Wars experience, I don’t think much could top TFA.)
Here are some quick reflections on how my expectations from Wednesday turned out (warning: there will be some major spoilers ahead).
- I liked Jyn Erso and all of her ragtag team. I was pleased that Jyn is quite different from Rey, and although her character didn’t have huge depth, she wasn’t any worse that a standard action hero.
- I have a feeling that Michael Giacchino’s score is going to be one of the most divisive elements of the movie (along with the use of CGI). If this had been any other movie, the music might have felt like a poor knock-off of John Williams’ original themes, with the way it danced around them. But I actually thought the music was quite effective in the movie. It did seem to lack any hugely iconic themes; I’m planning on getting the soundtrack soon (it’s on my Christmas list), so we’ll see how I feel about it then.
- K-2SO was wonderful! From his first line (“Congratulations. You are being rescued.”) he was perfect.
- The tone was great. The ending was PERFECT. At first, I thought they were just going to kill off K-2SO and leave the humans alive, but they really went for it, and I definitely felt emotional about all of the deaths. None felt cheap or overlooked.
- The movie really did feel like an EU story to me. I loved the space battle, which felt like an X-wing story, and the ground battle, which felt straight out of a video game like Battlefront. I loved how they showed the infighting on both the Imperial and Rebellion sides, and the Darth Vader scenes were perfect (minus the dumb pun).
- One last thought: I was surprised by how much from the trailer did not make it into the final film. I guess that’s what big reshoots and editing will do. Not that it’s a problem; the final cut has plenty of stunning shots. That moment when the AT-ACTs first materialized over Baze’s shoulder, my breath caught.
It wasn’t a perfect movie, and probably not the best I’ve seen this year, but it was really enjoyable. While the lead characters were not as compelling as TFA‘s, it also didn’t have TFA‘s plotting issues. What did you guys think?