Gradebook: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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Bryan Sudfield: Rogue One (9.5/10)
It’s great to see that these Star Wars anthology films have started off strong, as Rogue One is quite wonderful. From the visuals to the brutal action to Gareth Edwards’ direction, there’s a lot to enjoy about this film. I appreciate how self-contained this is compared to the other Star Wars films and how it’s aimed towards the adults more than the children. The acting, particularly Felicity Jones, Donnie Yen & Alan Tudyk, is superb. Some of the characters weren’t extremely well-developed and the pacing was a little iffy. Overall, I had a blast with Rogue One and I can’t wait to see it again.
Daniel Rester: Rogue One (7.5/10)
The newest entry in the Star Wars universe, Rogue One, is an exciting and solid film. The sweeping visuals and thrilling action — especially in the third act — are very impressive for the most part, as expected. However, to me, Rogue One fell short in comparison to the original trilogy and the recent “Force Awakens.” It simply lacks a lot of character development, as I was barely emotionally attached to the heroes — which is disappointing since some previous “Star Wars” films have provided some of the best characters in cinema. Only K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) and Chirrut (Donnie Yen) came across as interesting, though the cast is serviceable. The first two acts of the film also drag a bit and certain motion capture CGI uses disturbingly fall into the uncanny valley. All that said, Rogue One is an entertaining time at the movies that’s still well worth seeing on a big screen. I just don’t think it’s among the great “Star Wars” films.
Nick Casaletto: Rogue One (7/10)
While this is a great direction to take our favorite galaxy in a different direction, I feel Rogue One was a bit of a missed opportunity. The characters are weak and are only there to serve the story to the conclusion we all knew since 1977. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because watching these events play out is a visual treat, especially for us fans. However, as a film lover, I can’t get as into a story without well realized and developed characters. Said for Jyn, they all felt pretty disposable, which I guess is also the point. Plot points with Gallen were criminally overlooked, as he ultimately is the most interesting and layered new character we meet. That being said, the battle sequences are exquisite and probably the best filmed and executed in the entirety of the franchise. And the last 10 minutes of the film, I could watch over and over again until my eyes bleed. It could’ve been better, but I highly recommend it! May the force be with you!
Gabriel Alcantara: Rogue One (9/10)
Rogue One might just be the most genuinely dramatic and intense Star Wars film to date. It does what the producers said it would do: It plays out like an actual war film. But there’s still plenty of fun and adventurous tones to be had. The film has some of the best action scenes in the franchise. It also feels more violent than previous films In the franchise, with nearly each violent act having somewhat of a dramatic effect. It’s not entirely a stand-alone film, but it fits right in with the best films of the franchise. The characters are courageous, and – with the exception of some overacting from Mr. Forest Whitaker – each performance is solid. On top of all that, it’s a beautiful looking film, with some jaw-dropping visuals and meticulously detailed props and costumes. I am incredibly satisfied with this addition to the Star Wars series. The Force was strong with this cast and crew.
Craig Kandiko: Rogue One (8/10)
As a huge Star Wars fan, I absolutely think Rogue One is definitely worth checking out. It felt like one of the expanded universe novels that I used to read come to life and finally made it to the big screen. However, If you’ve never previously seen a Star War film before, this is not the movie to start on as the film is so full of Easter Eggs and event tie-ins that the casual or non-fan will simply be lost in the plot and motivations of the characters. I highly recommend seeing Rogue One on the big screen with loud speakers, but save your money and skip 3D. I don’t feel the film really takes advantage of the extra dimension.
Corinne Donnelly: Rogue One (9.5/10)
Rogue One is the darkest Star Wars to date, which I found interesting and refreshing. As a standalone, I was incredibly impressed by how quickly I found myself attach to the characters. My only caveat with the movie is that the first 30 minutes felt a tad too rushed. Besides that, this is a fabulous addition to the Star Wars franchise, and I look forward to seeing what more is to come.
Tony Estrada: Rogue One (7/10)
Rogue One does have a rough first act, some pacing issues, underdeveloped characters, and it somehow wastes a great talent like Forest Whitaker but does that make it a disappointing film? No it doesn’t in my eyes because it absolutely delivers as another memorable and worthy Star Wars movie. This movie is filled with amazing special effects throughout which is expected in a Star Wars movie. Gareth Edwards does such a great job of making the film feel very grounded as well as creating such an amazing spectacle to it. It has nice nods to A New Hope as well as connecting very well to A New Hope. Rogue One is a very satisfying Star Wars feature with really good performances, great action sequences, great use of special effects, and a very awesome tie-in to A New Hope.
Matt Marshall: Rogue One (8/10)
This new era of Star Wars under the Disney umbrella continues to impress. While not as impactful as last year’s ‘The Force Awakens,’ Rogue One boldly goes places we never expected from a Star Wars film. The “war” is back in Star Wars, but the transition isn’t as fluid as we could hope for. After a rocky 30 minutes, we’re finally treated to what is undoubtedly the best of the prequels.
Average We Live Film Gradebook Score for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: 8.2/10
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