I was lucky enough to see Rogue One yesterday afternoon and, glob damn, that film kinda blew me away a little bit. I decided to sleep on it before gushing my appreciation all over the internet, but I woke up feeling, if anything, more pumped.
Rogue One is fucking cool
Everything about it, top to bottom, felt refined and well-considered. If you're a Star Wars fan then this movie gives possibly the best insight into an expanded universe. It successfully references the "core" films without leaning on them too heavily, and where Episode 7 felt a little family-friendly, even goofy at times, Rogue One isn't afraid to throw dark. While The Force Awakens was clearly pushing a new trillogy, Rogue One wraps itself up and slots so neatly into the existing canon that it feels like it was there the whole time. The result is a much more mature and engaging film, succinctly complimenting the original trilogy, and I loved every second of it.
For those of us that have spent countless hours playing Star Wars games, reading the comics and books that have filled in the gaps left by the films over the years, I feel confident in saying those people will appreciate this film. The big space fight was awesome to watch, and where previous films have felt a little muddled between different ships and groups, Rogue One shines a much more focused spotlight on each of the individual units that make up the rebel fleet.
As for the characters themselves, they are unanimously entertaining. Each member of the group is given their time to shine without any one of them feeling overplayed or overbearing, and their individual arcs, though understandably shallow, are rewarding to watch.
My one complaint would be the uncanny valley CG characters which were included. I think the majority of the VFX looks awesome, but there's always going to be that disconnect with full CG characters when you throw the camera right in their face. Maybe it's just because of my familiarity with the technology, but it stuck out uncomfortably for me. They did, however, completely overcompensate for this with the most badass Darth Vader sequence in any fucking Star Wars film, ever. Whoaly moly. Yes.
Anyway. If you wanna share Rogue One impressions and spoilers, this is the place to do it. Have at it.