If there was a film that was set to go up against greater expectations than last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s this year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This is not only a film that comes directly after Hollywood darling J.J. Abrams’ latest, but it’s the first Star Wars film ever to have a standalone story. Sure, this is a flick that’s heavily steeped in the mythology we know and love, but these are characters we have never seen before, and if the expected trends carries forth, we’ll never be seeing them again.
Could Rogue One live up to the expectations set by The Force Awakens? Given the rumors surrounding the film — which purport that nearly half the damn movie was reshot earlier this year — you’d be forgiven if you had doubts of its quality.
Well, the world premiere came and went, and with it came a barrage of tweets from the press and from celebrities. All attendees were forbidden from giving full reviews until tomorrow, but they were allowed to share their initial reactions via social media, and I’ll just say…they’re pretty good.
Earlier today, Mario posted a few of the key reactions, but here are a few more to whet your whistle.
Check them out below!
Marc Bernadin of The LA Times and Fat Man On Batman:
Rainn Wilson of The Office:
Jen Yamato of The Daily Beast
Scott Mendelson of Forbes
Borys Kit of THR
Steve Weintraub of Collider
I too had my many doubts of this film — namely due to the reshoots. If the initial cut of the film turned out too dark, would Lucasfilm run off with their tail tucked between their legs? I certainly had the greatest of hopes that wouldn’t be the case, but Hollywood had ruined many a great film in the past, so it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility.
These impressions do actually help alleviate some of those worries. That being said, it’s important to keep in mind that this was at the premiere for the film, so impressions are bound to be a bit more positive due to the enthusiastic atmosphere Disney creates at their premieres. That aside, I do think we can at least rest easy knowing they didn’t create a bad film. After the train wreck of a movie that was The Phantom Menace, I think film critics, above all else, are all too aware of their fanboy sensibilities to let themselves be controlled too much.
What do you think? Are you excited for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Let us know your thoughts down below!