might have been a financial Succe$$
but...as lead-in to perhaps the most famous film in the entire world it's a dismal failure. A slick production of A HIGHLY STACKED PILE OF CRAP.
Originally Posted by IndyBuff
It was the gritty, dark Star Wars film I've been wanting for a long time. THUMBS UP
Originally Posted by Violet
This film was the SW film I was looking for all this time- this was the kind of thing I expected from Ep 3 and didn't get. It was also the quality I wanted in TFA but didn't get.
This was the STORY that I've wanted on film
since 1977 but DIDN’T get!
Ever since ’77, the opening crawl of “Star Wars” intrigued me so I really enjoyed the 1981 radio show because it did a wonderful job at telling part of that backstory. Its writer, Brian Daley, paid attention to the film’s dialogue and built upon it properly & logically. “Rogue One” didn’t do that
Originally Posted by Forbidden Eye
the overall premise is pretty much what someone writing fan fiction online would come up with
On top of this, it’s BAD fan-fiction. John Knoll (whom I admire because of Photoshop) came up with the premise but other people got their hands into the story (even one of the editors). Hopefully, J.Knoll isn’t responsible for the multitude of stupidities.
Not only are there problems within its own story, it doesn’t even match the details
of the original! The filmmakers were too focused on frivolous connections, by cramming in self-referential nods’n’winks, that they mishandled the important elements. The film blatantly disregards what was established in 1977 and is void of any harmonious flow. It’s inconsistent on so many levels that it's hard to believe the people, who are involved so intimately, could make so many mistakes.
- Death Star plans HAND-DELIVERED to Leia’s ship!
(Didn’t anyone at Lucasfilm listen to the original dialogue?!? The spies tapped into Imperial transmissions and relayed them to the Tantive. It wasn’t one, direct upload nor was it delivered on a floppy disc! This is a complete contradiction to everything in the opening sequence of “Star Wars” and the utmost stupid & unforgivable fault.)
- Vader actually witnessing the delivery of the plans.
(Hello?!? He “TRACED the rebel spies” to Leia. He didn’t see it with his own eyes.)
- The rebels being INFORMED about a flaw in the Death Star.
(Ugh. They were HOPING to find a weakness & discovered one on their own.)
- Death Star’s laser being used.
(The station wasn’t even operational yet! Alderaan was the FIRST TEST shot.)
- HUGE airfield on Yavin with ships parked outside on full display in broad daylight.
(Cripes, it’s supposed to be a SECRET, HIDDEN base!)
- Mon Mothma.
(Was she asleep during the Death Star attack & ending ceremony? Did she have somewhere else more important to be for the next 2 movies?)
- Rogue One team on Yavin.
(Hey, Gen. Dodonna, you forgot to credit them for providing the plans. They were here just a few days ago.)
- Diverse personnel of sex/race/species on Yavin.
(It sure was just human, white men a few days later...and beyond.)
- R2 & 3PO on Yavin.
(Nice to see them again but they SHOULD NOT BE at the rebel base! How stupid can it get?)
- Rebel fleet as LARGE as the one in “Jedi”.
(Really? The rebellion had just started to grow before the beginning of “Star Wars” and it only became bigger as the movies went along. To have the fleet so large at that time is an unforgivable foul-up.)
- And much more...
- R2 & 3PO watching the fleet take off from Yavin.
(Why aren’t you two aboard the Tantive? Is Cpt. Antilles coming back to get you?)
- Leia’s ship hanging out, completely idle, at the battle above Scarif.
(Shouldn’t you be on your way to get Obi-Wan right now? Whatcha waitin’ for if ya ain’t fightin’?)
- Galen’s message telling his daughter about the flaw.
(Why didn’t he just pinpoint exactly what that flaw was? He said it was so small that the Empire would never find it. Oh, but the Alliance will, right? Not the guys who built the damned thing!)
- And much, much more...
The action is spectacular but there’s an over-abundance of dull scenes with dull characters giving ‘sentimental’ pep talks whilst doing absolutely nothing except standing still. When there are no ships or lasers shooting about, the movie is a charmless bore.
This thing was touted as a ‘stand-alone’ movie (when it clearly wasn’t) so please, “Rogue One”, go stand alone in a corner with a dunce cap on your head where nobody can see you. As a popcorn
movie, you look fantastic...but as a “Star Wars” entry, you’re an unacceptable mess