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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (22nd Dec 16 at 6:44am UTC)
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As time goes by, my opinion of everything Star Wars related just sinks. I saw this to kill time and I regret it. I saw the 3D version simply because that was the next showing. I need to stop doing that. It adds nothing to the viewing experience.

For about 80% of the movie I was bored and didn't care about anything on the screen at all. None of the characters are very endearing. They are greasy and rather unattractive to watch for the length of the movie. Some portions should have simply been left out or shrunk down to seconds. The beginning was pointless. Forest Whitaker's character was pointless. Most of the action scenes are just too busy and annoying in a "Batman & Robin (1997)" kind of way. The most enjoyable character is K-2SO, the robot. The only other enjoyable character was Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen). Once you realize what the story is about, you know what the outcome will be. In that sense, it's like watching the Titanic. If you know what the outcome will be, minor obstacles like a generic "can't transmit the signal" are pointless because we know the signal will transmit. The journey itself has to be VERY compelling and it really wasn't. I always like seeing the AT-AT's, but I'm left wondering why Luke had problems with one. Maybe it was something simple that I'm forgetting, but these guys did fine against everything and especially the Storm Trooper fodder that came their way to be slaughtered. Even Darth Vader himself never came across as menacing enough. Wasn't he more interested in his son anyway? This movie did nothing for me. I jumped out of my seat as soon as soon as the credits rolled. If there was a scene in the credits teasing for an upcoming movie, then I missed it and did not care. I give this about 3 stars out of 10.

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Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (22nd Dec 16 at 2:41pm UTC)
You might have saved me 50 bucks from going. Imax tickets here are 20 each, food and parking would have been more. This is the first SW movie I didn't go on release day. A friend was telling me how this was in the level of Empire Strikes Back and he hated episode 7 too so I was mildly psyching myself up to go to this one.

After JJ's Force Awakens and the way Disney doesn't use Lucas' story outlines, everything post prequels doesn't excite me like it did before. Force Awakens put an end to it. I already youtubed the Vader ending and the Moff Tarkin scenes so I got the spoilers from this one. I heard the first hour was slow and the last hour was mostly action.

Kind of interesting how they didn't attached a teaser for episode 8 with Rogue One. Rogue One was re-shot in the Summer so maybe they're planning to do the same for Episode 8. They should just re-do Episode 7 again and use George Lucas' original story.
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Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (22nd Dec 16 at 3:33pm UTC)
I just feel like the casting is horrible. I'm sick of them referring to the senate at every opportunity. Lucas at least made it flow like a fairy tale. In this one we discover that the Death star is powered by the same crystals that power a light saber. The captain was boring. The "pilot" was boring. The female lead was boring. Her dad usually plays villains. He was okay, but has the face more associative with that of a villain. The fate of the characters I liked was disappointing. The movie leads you to believe you won't see K-2SO again, but I'm reasonably sure that they brought up a way to make him come back. I think you will like it much more than I would. They drop in cameos of R2-D2, C-3PO, and Princess Leia. Princess Leia looks like a young version and imdb says she's played by a different actress. I thought they'd used CGI to make her younger like they did with Chris Evans in the first Captain America movie. Maybe they did that on her face and used another actress to play as her body. Lucas' films always had an elegant aspect to the royalty and Natalie Portman was reasonably attractive along with Kiera Knightly as her body double walking alongside her. This movie like episode 7 just featured faces that I don't want to look at for 2 hours. Too many trailers also. I went to a 9:15PM showing and I wasn't on the road going home until about 11:45 PM. See a regular showing and you probably won't be as disappointed as you and I were with episode 7. I never was as big of a Star Wars fan as others are. I've always viewed it as a simple fairy tale type story. I've never been a fan of movies that use high tech gadgets and space ships while people are content living in ancient looking castles or mud huts. It's too dystopian for me.

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Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (22nd Dec 16 at 10:19pm UTC)

I had mixed opinions.
Some good. Some not so good.
The theater was mostly empty when I saw it.

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Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (19th Jan 17 at 10:42pm UTC)
I saw it. Was surprised the theater was still packed for it when I went. I used a gift card so it was a free movie for me. I though It was just ok. It was a hundred times better than JJ's Force Awakens for sure but that's easy for any movie to do. More creatures and planets were stuffed into this one than Episode 7. I liked the blind chinese character the most out of the the whole group. Forest Whittaker barely did anything in this one. I did enjoy the space battle at the last 30 min. But after sitting there for 2+hours, I was exhausted at the end and ready to leave.

I think the best part for me was seeing how they pushed the Star Destroyer like a tug boat to hit another Star Destroyer to land and break that shield thing on the planet at the end. That scene would have helped Force Awakens if they used it for that remake. Had Rogue One come out before Force Awakens, I bet it would have forced JJ & Disney to up their game and make it a better chapter. With Lucas' original planned story they discarded! Smiley
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Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (19th Jan 17 at 11:35pm UTC)
The scenes you mention were the best. I was still bored.

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Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (20th Jan 17 at 1:12am UTC)
Alot of the shots in the commercial trailers weren't even in the movie. It was long to get through. The first half took forever. The Carrie Fisher cgi was depressing but I knew that was coming.

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Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (20th Jan 17 at 1:41am UTC)
Carrie was still alive when I saw the movie, so I thought the CGI was something cool to see. I imagine the scene would evoke some completely different emotions for you.

So much of the movie could have been left out. I can understand that they wanted to flesh out motive for the characters, but I didn't care. It wasn't necessary.

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Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (16th Apr 17 at 1:14am UTC)
Just saw this on Pay Per View, I thought it was pretty good, but really nothing to add to the commentary above.
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Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (16th Apr 17 at 4:14am UTC)
When Star Wars came out in the beginning, there was nothing like it. Seeing it was a rush. I was never as big of a Star Wars fan as the toy collectors are/were.

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Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (16th Apr 17 at 1:41pm UTC)
I've been watching StarWars Celebration coverage online. I'm on Day 3 where Forest Whitaker and Felicity Jones came out for their Rogue One interviews. Lucas and Harrison Ford made a surprise appearance at the convention.

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Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (16th Apr 17 at 4:44pm UTC)
I know nothing of what you speak.

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Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (16th Apr 17 at 4:47pm UTC)
There's a Convention happening in Orlando for Star Wars all weekend. They've been live streaming the coverage online. Panels of the 40th anniversary and a ton of other StarWars centric stuff.
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Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (16th Apr 17 at 5:01pm UTC)
Okay. Orlando. I may have heard whispers in the galaxy about such things. I was going to pretend that such gatherings never take place.In 1000 years, will the Force be a true religion and Christianity be forgotten?

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Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) (16th Apr 17 at 10:00pm UTC)
Probably more people will become atheist by then and the computers will have taken over. Smiley

It actually looked fun being at the Celebration. I would go if I had the money. But there were people camping out there days earlier at the entrance with beds and pillows. How do 2000 people charge their phones in a ballroom convention center?

"The Last Jedi" teaser looked awful. George Lucas actually looked more grumpy than usual being there. I wonder how long it will take Disney to really adapt his original sequel trilogy outlines they never used for these new movies.
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Probably more people will become atheist by then and the computers will have taken over. Smiley

It actually looked fun being at the Celebration. I would go if I had the money. But there were people camping out there days earlier at the entrance with beds and pillows. How do 2000 people charge their phones in a ballroom convention center?

"The Last Jedi" teaser looked awful. George Lucas actually looked more grumpy than usual being there. I wonder how long it will take Disney to really adapt his original sequel trilogy outlines they never used for these new movies.


Disney is probably going to save the Lucas plots for when they run it into the ground. They can reboot it all with the Lucas plots.
It doesn't have to be good for Disney to exploit it. People just need to be teased into spending more money.

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