Q: Let’s get right to it: Is this a good movie?
A: Yes, this is a very good movie. Definitely go see it.
Q: What’s your new power ranking for the franchise?
A: Rogue One is a worthy entry in the series; however, just as it comes between the two existing trilogies in the timeline, it comes between them in quality, as well.
- The Empire Strikes Back 2. Return of the Jedi 3. The Force Awakens 4. A New Hope 5. Rogue One 6. Revenge of the Sith 7. Phantom Menace 8. Attack of the Clones
Don’t let that low ranking fool you–it’s only because the films above it are so awesome. Rogue One is a terrific bit of entertainment.
This is my purely subjective preference, though. Actually, I think that, as a film, Rogue One is better made than The Force Awakens.
Q: Is this film really dark?
A: Yes, though it’s not a tragedy–it’s a tale of triumph in the face of overwhelming adversity. But here’s the thing: this movie is an experiment. Disney wants to see if the Star Wars universe can support different kinds of stories. I think the risk totally paid off.
But they’ve given us something new here: there’s no gee-whiz childlike wonder in this movie. This is a gritty film about adult choices; it’s a meditation on redemption through sacrifice for a greater good. Thematically, tonally, structurally, it’s not at all like most Star Wars movies. It is, however, closest to The Empire Strikes Back.
I read one review that likened it to Ocean’s 11. That was dumb. It’s much more like Saving Private Ryan. In a good way.