As I sit here eating beans and ham I am trying to put into words my proper feelings for Rogue One. Before I go into this though, I will be talking spoilers so please beware. SPOILERS AHEAD!
Ahem... Parts of me feel like I expect too much of movies and especially Star Wars so maybe my feelings are...Biased. Then again, I rather enjoyed Rogue One, not quite as much as I wanted but still, I was glad I saw it.
As the classic words "A long time ago in a galaxy far far away..." Splashed on the screen I was taken away but then brought down slightly by the lack of scrawling text. However, I didn't let it get me down...
Sorry my reviews are more stream of consciousness rather than an actual review but I'll try to summarize my feelings in two categories, my likes and dislikes.
I liked the planets in this one. I don't especially care for them adding more and more planets Willy nilly but these were kinda creative and cool in my opinion.
I really enjoyed the second half of this movie, I loved the feeling of desperation and helplessness that this mission entailed. This was Star Wars Suicide Squad and I liked it better than the live action Suicide Squad movie. Darth Vader showing up, the Star Destroyer blocking their hyperspace escape, the squad of less than 100 rebels on the ground causing so much chaos and damage! It was fantastic, it almost gave me that old time star wars feeling.
I had a kind of preconceived notion going into this movie that it was going to be more of an espionage, spy, thriller type of movie. Like Jen and some rebels are assigned to infiltrate an imperial base and basically be doing missions for the empire while trying to work their way up the ranks to get access to the Death Star plans. So they'd have to sometimes make choices that would gain the Empire's trust but at the cost rebel troops or friends. They'd have moral dilemmas and maybe be bit more of a... Slower star wars movie. Instead it was just a lucky shot at doing a infiltration/sabotage mission out of desperation instead of long term planning and cunning. I liked the desperation aspect of the manuever but it didn't really bring up my hopes that the rebels were clever infiltrators. So more of a nit-pick than anything on that point.
The characters were...OK. Nothing extravagant but definitely not forgettable. The force monk was a neat idea.
My dislikes are as follows...
The first half of the movie wasn't bad, just compared to the second half it was more explanation but it kinda dragged for me. No particular reason per second, just the second half was so awesome compared to the first. I liked the ideas behind the planets this time, they were interesting but did they need so many? I mean, the spy meeting in the beginning could've taken place anywhere else so my a random trade station?
I guess that's my biggest complaint with the newest Star Wars movies is, you have all these awesome toys and playsets to play with, why do we need so many more in these movies? I understand that you need some new ideas, people, and places but c'mon, use some of the older stuff too.
All in all, I rather enjoyed this movie, especially for what it was. Go see it especially if you like Star Wars and aren't expecting something completely revolutionary for the movies. And if you find yourself bored during the first hour, hang in there, it should be worth the wait.