I was excited for this film because of its trailers, and I wanted it to be good, but it just wasn't. I found a lot of issues with this film, and while it isn't the worst film of the year, I sort-of wish that I hadn't seen it and kept my optimistic view of the film from the trailers.
One of my biggest problems with the film was the fact that it tried way too hard to be a "Star Wars" film instead of being a unique film, more like a heist movie. It attempted to have large-scale, exciting battles, but they were nowhere near as effective as the other "Star Wars" films. In fact, I thought that the battle scenes that did not involve the blind warrior were quite boring, comparatively. I think that the film was pretty slow as a whole. This is in part due to the fact that the characters are horribly underdeveloped. I don't even remember any of the names of the characters. Forest Whitaker was a complete waste. The only characters that I actively liked were the robot, due to his humor, and the blind warrior, because he was really cool. Otherwise, I didn't really care for the characters. Because of this, the film felt like it stretched on for way too long, even during the massive end battle, which disappointed me. There were also some moments that felt very forced and cheesy. Also, towards the beginning of the film, it is extremely jumpy, rapidly moving place to place, never feeling fulfilling.
There were some redeeming elements about it, though. The cinematography is really impressive. The CGI is good for the most part. There are a few laughable elements, like a lizard-person whose jaw separates to give a war cry, but there are also some amazing elements, like the use of CGI on whatever planet they are on or the digital superimposition of the original actors Leia and Grand Moff Tarkin in post.
So I was very disappointed by "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story". When the film began and there were no rolling credits, I knew from then that it wouldn't be great. It wasn't horrible, but it was unexciting, and not the quality that I have come to expect from the franchise.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Big Tuna's Rating: C
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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