First ‘Rogue One’ Reactions: The Force Is Strong with the ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff

     December 10, 2016

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has finally been unveiled. After years of anticipation, the world premiere of the first-ever Star Wars spinoff film was held tonight in Los Angeles, and thus the first reactions to the finished film have surfaced. While the Star Wars moniker certainly brings its own baggage, Rogue One has also been plagued by reports of production troubles and extensive reshoots, so fans are no doubt curious to see how the film stacks up quality-wise.

So, what’s the verdict? Pretty darn positive! Yes indeed, after months of trepidation due to Lucasfilm bringing in writer/director Tony Gilroy to consult on the reshoots, it sounds like the studio delivered a worthwhile Star Wars movie in the end. After all, when you’re a company with the backing of Disney and some serious resources at your disposal, why not do everything you can to ensure the film is the best it can possibly be?

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Praise is being heaped on the film in pretty much every department—the action, the story, the characters. Some even go so far as to say it’ll crack their personal Top 10 lists for the year. Director Gareth Edwards certainly has experience crafting eye-popping blockbusters with his unique work on Godzilla, and the aesthetics of Rogue One—which was shot by Zero Dark Thirty cinematographer Greig Fraser—sound like they are appropriately eye-popping.

Moreover, despite the fact that Rogue One is a prequel, telling a story to which everyone already knows the ending, it appears the movie has quite a few twists and turns in store for audiences. Here’s hoping those are able to stay under wraps through opening day.

So it sounds like fans can rest easy that the first Star Wars spinoff/anthology film is a success. This is just the beginning as production on the untitled Han Solo movie is set to begin in February, but according to those who attended the film’s world premiere, Rogue One starts things off on the right foot. Check out some of the reactions below.

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