It was good !
Imho it was better than the force awakens ^^
If you haven't seen it, Rogue One is a Star Wars spin off that let us see the adventure of the band of rebels who managed to steal the plans of the Death star. It takes place just before episode 4.
There are a lot of things to like in this movie.
First, it's pretty different than the episodes of the main stories with some real surprises along the way. Its tone is darker, more tense and desperate, and the rebellion looks a lot dirtier than usual. The Rogue one folks are basically a band of criminals, ancient prison inmates and all sort of misfits with a sarcastic re-programmed imperial droid among their rank ( who also happens to be the best character of the movie imho XD )
To be honest I think the movie started rather poorly with the first few scenes being extremely scattered with a strangely confusing narration. However the movie then seems to constantly gather some pace from there and keeps getting better and better until a finish that was downright epic and made me want to re-watch episode 4 XP
I loved a lot the battle scenes in Rogue one. Unlike in episode 7 they were clear and carried a sense of purpose and urgency that made them intense and captivating. At the final battle when the two opposing fleets appear literally in front of each others right as they exit the hyperspace, you just know some serious shit is about to go down XD In a sense it was like a war movie but set in the SW universe.
One thing I also really loved in Rogue one is how you get the feeling of traveling to foreign and exotic worlds, with some very majestic scenes. Like I said in my short review of the 7, a thing I didn't like was how "earthern" many landscapes looked. However in Rogue one they mostly corrected that by adding a sense of gigantism and immense scales that really make you often pause for a second !
Uh oh... *whistle the imperial march theme*
The characters are a bit more of a mixed bag. There are some I really liked (K-2SO ^^ ) but the two protagonists were quite bland and Jyn in particular looked strangely passive and almost uninterested during a good part of the movie. It's like she was being dragged by the events unfolding and was forced to grudgingly follow rather than acting out of conviction. That might well be the case because of her past but that made her into a rather poor leader, not very convincing :/ I wished a bit more life had been put in those two. More exchanges, more signs they were alive and cared... Ah well.
Darth Vader make his appearance too. When I saw him I was thrilled and then honestly a little bit disappointed. The scene was short, punctuated by a slightly out of place joke. I remember thinking "that's it ?" But oh boy was I wrong XD
Nope that was not it. He has a pretty damn badass scene later in the story that is going to stay in memories and illustrate perfectly why this man was the nightmare of the rebellion back then X3
So yeah, some flaws about the rhythm in the beginning , a couple of rather bland characters but overall it was really good ! Personally i really enjoyed Rogue one and I clearly put it in the good star wars movies
The stage is set for the 8 to be as good or even better.
And you ? if you watched it what did you think ? :3