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– by Drew Carlton

Ok, confession time: I make mistakes. Yes, yes, they rarely happen (kidding). I believe I made an illogical one when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story first came out, as I basically said it was terrible. My complaints were the same as many; no characters survived, no opening crawl, poor characters, and a terrible villain.

If you don’t know, it is showing on Netflix currently in 4k, and I had the pleasure of rewatching it.

I had arguments with fans on Disqus, and many supported me, but others held their ground. I think the rewatch gave me a pause to examine exactly what was happening with my Star Wars brain.

1. I was expecting the typical Star Wars story where some character survives, at least one, that we would see down the road. This did not happen. To me there felt like the movie had no redeeming qualities, which brings me to point two, the opening crawl.

2. They COULD NOT have an opening crawl without basically giving the movie away, in fact the way the opening crawl was in Star Wars: A New Hope, so the redeeming factor was not a character at all, it was the Death Star’s plans getting to the Rebellion (No need get into Death Star 2, or Starkiller Base’s destruction, we are talking about Rogue One here).

Ok, confession time: I make mistakes. Yes, yes, they rarely happen (kidding). I believe I made an illogical one when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story first came out, as I basically said it was terrible. My complaints were the same as many; no characters survived, no opening crawl, poor characters, and a terrible villain.

If you don’t know, it is showing on Netflix currently in 4k, and I had the pleasure of rewatching it.

I had arguments with fans on Disqus, and many supported me, but others held their ground. I think the rewatch gave me a pause to examine exactly what was happening with my Star Wars brain.

1. I was expecting the typical Star Wars story where some character survives, at least one, that we would see down the road. This did not happen. To me there felt like the movie had no redeeming qualities, which brings me to point two, the opening crawl.

2. They COULD NOT have an opening crawl without basically giving the movie away, in fact the way the opening crawl was in Star Wars: A New Hope, so the redeeming factor was not a character at all, it was the Death Star’s plans getting to the Rebellion (No need get into Death Star 2, or Starkiller Base’s destruction, we are talking about Rogue One here).

3. I did say from the beginning that I loved Donnie Yen playing Chirrut, but perhaps I gave his defender a little less credit than he deserved, as Wen Jiang (Baze Malbus) played his role he was given to the exact specifications that were likely laid out. I have also come around on Felicity Jones (as Jyn Urso,) and while she is no Daisy Ridley, she served her role well. I still can’t get on board with the lack of emotion from Diego Luna, which if you have seen any of his Spanish films you’d get that statement, but K-2S0 (played by Alan Tudyk) was a hoot, and now I feel much better about the group of characters.

4. The last 20-minutes basically led into Star Wars: A New Hope, and we had the awesome Darth Vader scene, which looks cooler and cooler the more I see it. I always gave that scene two thumbs up, but as it was a direct connection, it makes you wonder how the future anthologies will all connect — or if they even will.

At the end of the day, if you were on the fence about Rogue One, grab a cola and some chips, give it another go on Netflix in glorious 4k. You may change your mind, like I did.

What do you think? Have I given into peer pressure? Did I originally make a terrible blunder? How the heck are we going to wait four months for Star Wars: The Last Jedi????

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