'Rogue One' is way better than 'Force Awakens' !!
Gareth Edwards accomplishes the things J.J. tried to do.
Like create a SATISFYING new experience from a legendary cultural myth (Star Wars); delivering autonomy & seamless transition into the franchise; hitting a social nerve; alluding to the original films in structure without feeling hackneyed; positively adding to the aura of the canonical characters; memorably vivifying new characters; and, most importantly, creating an overall movie that gets better the more you think about it.
It's like 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' in outer space... minus the steamy love triangle + the death star.
Diego Luna makes anti-fascist resistance sexy again while Felicity Jones effortlessly dons a chic battle-worn galactic scarf.
A ragtag gang of bumbling multiculturals fighting a dark imperial lord residing in a giant tower.
Gonna leave that one there.
There's ALSO a heavily market-researched loveable robotic sidekick, so make sure to bring your chucklez hat.
His name is KP-30 or something - the hell if I'm gonna google THAT.
Something to keep in mind if you're like BLAH in the first half hour:
The movie actually gets better the closer & closer it gets to the end (which sounds like a Statler and Waldorf joke - but it's true!).
And for you Star Wars nerds, or movie fans in general, the movie thrillingly ties into 'A New Hope.'
Actually would make an awesome double feature with 'New Hope' ...
Anyway, go see it. Or don't, whatever.
I enjoyed it.
You win again, The Walt Disney Company.
Of course, the ultimate "joke" is on me. They hyped something very novel, knowing it was only a Minimum Viable Product ('The Force Awakens'). Knowing the movie was only "good enough" to gauge audience reception. They then handed the job to more competent filmmakers, knowing people who were disappointed were likely to come back for one more shot. Then they delivered. In the end, The Walt Disney Company seduced money away from me... twice - and that's only using their new acquired Star Wars franchise.
Lesson of the story? Worry about making your movie only good enough - as good, or slightly better, than the average movie. Speed to market is more important than quality, it seems, in the movie industry. Get something only good enough out into the marketplace quickly. Leverage the data & publicity to get better as you go.
This seems to be (one of) the Disney way(s).