New Light – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

[Editor’s Note: On occasion, my opinion of a film may change with another viewing. I might like it more, I might like it less. Either way, I will see it in a new light, and if I deem the shift worthy of attention, I will post about it. Spoilers follow.]

Okay, so maybe I was a little harsh.

When I first saw Rogue One, I was torn. Did I like it? Did I not? There were certainly aspects that I was critical of, such as the computer-generated characters of Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia, and those feelings of shock overcame my opinion of the film itself.

I saw the film in IMAX 3D first, which was part of the problem. Of course the late Peter Cushing would look animated in the larger format. In a standard theater, and with the nature of his likeness exposed, I could more easily suspend my disbelief.

Darth Vader’s line, “Be careful not to choke on your aspirations, Director,” was still ridiculous, but it was the kind of ridiculous that I found hysterical this time around, so campy that I almost loved it. I still believe that his grand finale, where he slaughters all those Rebel soldiers, to be one of his finest in the entire series.

As to my final criticism, that of the messy storytelling in the first half of the film, I still remain reserved. It was much easier to appreciate this time, although the filmmakers just bounced around too much to make me truly comfortable.

Now, if we could just see what the film was like before the glaring reshoots, I’ll be truly happy. Seriously, the best parts of the trailers weren’t in the movie. As it stands, liking Rogue One is like raising a child (I imagine): if you expect it to be perfect, you’re going to be so disappointed, but if you accept that it’s going to have flaws you simply can’t change, you just might grow to like it.

So now, until I see it again and hate it, my new score for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story rests at a solid

2.5 Green

It’ll be in theaters for a while, if you want to see it again.

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