To be honest, I didn’t have the problem with Rogue One that Honest Trailers had. I enjoyed the flick. It did what it came to do; it was a proof-of-concept by Disney that established that, sure, you could do successful movies in the Star Wars universe that weren’t revolving around the main trilogies. We’re not talking high cinema, here, but Rogue One was pretty solid.
The Rebellion may have heroes like Jyn Erso and Luke Skywalker. But the Empire has Inferno Squad. After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire — no matter what the cost. Now, Inferno Squad must prove their status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. But as the danger intensifies and the threat of discovery grows, how far will Inferno Squad go to ensure the safety of the Empire?
Often they are bad. We have all seen how a last-minute change can derail a flick (coughcoughIAmLegendcoughcough). But in this particular case it apparently worked out pretty good for Rogue One (many, many spoilers in that link):
Star Wars: Rogue One has been in theaters for just about a month, and it is safe to say the movie is a huge success. Not only has the first ever live-action theatrically released Star Wars Anthology movie to take place outside of the Skywalker saga done very well at the box office, but it has been very well received by fans. One of the main reasons for that was the presence of Darth Vader, specifically his final scene. It turns out that scene wasn’t originally in the movie.
I’m a little surprised that something like that last scene wasn’t originally in the film, to be honest. I mean, you’d think that they would have shot it as early as they could. Out of sheer anticipation for Filming Something Neat…
There is a lot to like about Rogue One, but it’s true; you can’t actually talk about Rogue One. Not meaningfully; it’s very Fight Club. Unless you and the person you’re talking to have seen it, virtually everything is a spoiler. I’ve heard it said that this is the first movie to take the franchise heritage as a document of War seriously, but that’s what you write when you want to “start a conversation.” In truth, this movie isn’t even in the same genre as the tentpole Star Wars films, which explains practically everything about the change in tone.
I’m shocked by how well people have been managing to keep out the details from this movie; possibly last year’s donnybrook over The Force Awakens spoilers taught some valuable lessons. Which is frankly bizarre to contemplate, but there you are. I figure that I ought to let people who have scheduled Christmas break to go see the film go see it, but sometime next week there WILL be a spoiler-laden post on the subject. Fair warning.
Short-short reaction: It Did Not Suck. Disney is a little scared of what you might do to them if they f*ck up this series. Go see it.
Short reaction: it’s a good movie. There’s a basic paradox about Rogue One: on the one hand, it’s definitely not part of the 9-movie arc that we were promised, and that we’re finally getting now that Disney successfully broke George Lucas’ hands off of the franchise. You’ll see that right from the start. In fact, if you were to strip away the Star Wars universe from this movie it’d still be comprehensible in a way that most of the prequels, alas, would not be. But at the same time Rogue One is firmly locked into the chronology of the Star Wars universe in a way that allows them to not waste time telling you things that you already knew, like what ‘Death Star plans’ are and why it’s so important to get them to the Rebellion. This is to the films overall advantage. Continue reading My (Spoiler Free, hopefully) Reaction to Rogue One.