If you want genuinely good movie, Rogue One is not for you. If you want b-tier war movie with a nice looking Star Wars paint coat, maybe you like this one. However if things like plot, emotions or themes are important for you to enjoy a movie, skip this one.
In a New Hope, Princess Leia said she was on a diplomatic mission. But the ending of Rogue One show Vader KNOWS that ship was just in a battle. He and five hundred other people can trace THAT ship 'directly' from that battle. So, they basically made Princess Leia (a smart, confident person) tell a huge sloppy, transparently false lie to Darth Vader's face. It might seem a small thing but Liea woudl lie when ist was so transparently false....she is too smart and wily for that sort of dumb statement.
It is almost as if New Hope is implying that DS plans were stolen by secret espionage mission. Smash'n'grab that relies on the diplomatic immunity from the organization that you steal from is kind of stupid plan.
Woah, can't believe how positive the response is. As someone who's seen the movies but don't have any reverence for the series, this thing was unbelievably boring. Absolute snorefest.
It is the hype boosted by the good technical quality (CGI, DP, set design). You can see how the phrase "best SW since the empire" is repeated everywhere. People liked the the Phantom Menace at the beginning, but with time they can look at the movie more objectively. Most will come to realize that RO is movie without passion, charm and character and it is dark in away that offers no added depth.
@zirilius: It is specially confusing if you think it film making wise. Render + practical work for that monster was not cheap. It was screen time-wise also very non-economical way of doing that. There is also the part where 1)pilot helps to navigate to the secret base, 2)pilot questions morals of the captain about the sniping 3)finally he shoots the troopers and says ~"I guess I am finally a rebel".
If the rumors of 40% of re-shoots are true, it makes me wonder if this was something that was changed. One thing that makes this stranger is that the pilot does not seem to be in the original trailer, but rest of the characters do:
Forrest Whitakers character also looks different so maybe they re-shot those scenes and maybe messed with the pilot at when doing that.
@zirilius: OK, that makes more sense. The way I thought I heard it, was that the monster reads the mind and in the process you will loose your mind.
Still, kind of strange scene to have without any pay off. Maybe it originally was supposed to be that that pilot would be cooky or "blank" and resistance would use him in unethical way for the cause (like reprogramming the droid)?
Very impassioned film that suffers from poor direction and lack of purpose. It is clear that Rogue One was originally supposed to have some sort of theme and message, but now it is just long and dull shell of a movie. It has some good bits but they are almost lost in the sea of jumbled grey of the rest of the movie. Surprisingly lot from the original trailers are missing from the movie. It also has CGI Peter Cushing that seems to be rendered on PS3 in real time.