For those of us who follow these things closely, and have insiders that have made us privy to some pretty concerning intel on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there was a lot to be skeptical about. With extensive rewrites, reshoots, and the hiring of another director as recently as this summer, there was reason to believe that the final product may end up being a train wreck.
But if we are to believe, well, just about anyone who's seen it...Lucasfilm and Disney pulled it off!
Earlier this week, we shared with you what some celebrity nerds were saying about Rogue One after its world premiere. But, to some, you could only take those opinions so far. At the end of the day, those guys are fans. Fans are always susceptible to seeing things through rose-colored glasses, and connecting with things on a more emotional than a critical level. Now the critical community has chimed in and the response is fairly phenomenal.
Our own Kellvin Chavez chimed in with his thoughts on twitter, where he said:
"I know it's a standalone film but Rogue One is maybe my 3rd or 4th best Star Wars film. Pretty awesome to watch everything unfold."
He would later elaborate by saying that it's better than the Prequels, better than Star Wars: Return of The Jedi, and possibly better than Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
As for the more hardcore critics out there, here's a smattering of what they're saying about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story:
"This spin-off/prequel has the same primitive, lived-in, emotional, loopy, let's-put-on-a-show spirit that made us fall in love with the original trilogy."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Hard-core fans who thought Episode VII was a dumbed-down rehash will bask in an action-packed film that refuses to spoon-feed information."
- Mara Reinstein, Us Weekly
"It stands alone as the best Star Wars entry since 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. Yes, it's that good."
Ethan Sacks, New York Daily News
"It's a downer. It's morally tangled. The characters are as depressed as the scenario, and Michael Giacchino's music can't make it better."
- Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It tries so hard to be an epic masterpiece - with self-important speeches and an insanely outsize orchestral score - that it ends up a laughable parody of itself."
- Tirdad Derakshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"All the pieces are there ... like Lego figures in a box. The problem is that the filmmakers haven't really bothered to think of anything very interesting to do with them."
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times
With an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 158 reviews in, the film is Certified Fresh. The general feeling is that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a fitting entry in the franchise that draws deep from the lore created by George Lucas, while introducing new characters and dynamics that help make the future look bright for these Star Wars Story films- which hope to expand the storytelling canvas beyond the Episodic Skywalker Saga.
To me, the big story here is that Lucasfilm took one hell of a gamble when it opted to make sweeping changes without delaying the film. It's not often you see a movie undergo a large scale overhaul 6-7 months before its release and still have it be any good. It's kind of unbelievable how good the final product supposedly is, considering what a clunker it could have been. Hats off to them. I'll get to find out for myself on Friday.
When are you going to go see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story?
SOURCE: Rotten Tomatoes