I hated TFA. For what everyone else saw as the movie that finally redeemed Star Wars from the prequels I saw as a massive disappointment with so much untapped potential from a director I normally thoroughly enjoy. What I got instead was a rehash of ANH that aside from Daisy Ridley's Rey character just didn't deliver for me whatsoever and only slightly improved on some of the prequels.
Rogue on the other hand did deliver - even on levels I never expected it could. This movies characters were truly great with the exception of two individuals but I will come to that later. It also has the biggest and best variety of Storm Troopers I do believe any Star Wars movie has given us to date. The same can also be said for the aliens in this film many of which are complete bad asses that fight side by side with Militia and makes a change from them simply being yet more background scenery. There's even a huge white er Yeti. Admiral Raddus had me shouting out IT'S A TRAP!! one time too often while Edrio “Two Tubes” is one character I would have loved to have learned more about and had more screen time.
Best of all. Not a single spaceship hangar scene that had 10,000 additional cast members constantly running backwards and forwards in all directions in order to build up a sense of immediate urgency. FUCK. THAT. SHIT. J.J.
What I loved mostly was just how well the movie seemed to perfectly splice the Star Wars of old that we know and love with a brand new take on it so that when brought together it all felt more than just a homage which I would say is where J.J. Abrams went wrong. With Star Wars films of old being so engrained within our mental psyche I even resorted to spotting bits of the set that was directly lifted design wise from the original trilogy - a specific door here or a gate there - the design of a certain set right down to the cosmetic design of a binoculars interior hud layout etc etc. It kept everything feeling familiar and yet somehow new at the same time. You perhaps have to be a die hard fan to even pick up on many of them but it just added to the films overall enjoyment.
K-2SO for me just stole the show though. I would even say he's pretty much Rogue One's very own Groot in many ways and Alan Tudyk was superb. Chirrut Îmwe as with many was a firm instant favourite. I mean I've always loved Donnie Yen anyway but the way he handled playing a blind believer of the force was just epic. Krennic, Malbus, Erso and Gerrera were all 100% excellent characters.
The fact they all died upset me a tad. Some within mere minutes of the next ahd me going NOOOOO....NOOOOOOO!.
Now for the less positive -
Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor. Sorry but neither of these characters did anything for me. Cassian had the worst accent going and just seemed horribly miscast and Jyn I'm sorry to say was about as relatable and likeable as Emilia Clarke's take on Sarah Connor ie just no. For me these were without doubt the two worst characters to be at the forefront of the movie and I forever wished for their scenes to end quickly. Why they were is plain obvious but unlike say Rey and Finn in TFA they just failed to make me care about anything that was directly effecting them as characters. Something the others I mentioned above did almost instantly may I add.
I do think the movie was starting to run out of Steam during the second half but then THAT SCENE played out and I was on board again straight away. Holy fuck that was great and being someone who had avoided ALL SPOILERS I had no idea a certain someone would even appear and tie everything into the iconic opening from the original movie so neatly.
What made the movie so fresh though all came down to one single aspect - NO LIGHTSABERS. Far too often Star Wars movies are way too intent and obsessed with just counting down the minutes until the very first lightsaber appears on screen or the first lightsaber duel happens. Skipping this I felt truly elevated the movie because when it does finally happen it does so in THAT SCENE it is much more appreciated and just all round special.
So yeah it goes without saying that I loved Rogue One for the most part as it rights so many of the wrongs from TFA but sadly it is also rather significantly flawed because I just didn't care at all for the two main characters who certainly were no Luke and Leia or even just Finn and Rey which was a massive shame. Luckily the movies otherwise excellent cast saved the day.
Her face is tired. Leave her be ffs.