I was looking forward to seeing Rogue One, I'd heard great things from friends who had already seen it and as a huge fan of the Star Wars 'Verse the thought of seeing how they actually built the Death Star was kinda cool.
Well I finally saw the film yesterday and to be honest I'm undecided on how I feel about it, I mean don't get me wrong it was a great film, visually it looks stunning but I think it is maybe a tad long and Felicity Jones as Jyn is lovely to look at but I found her a bit flat but then maybe that was part of the whole tortured childhood thing.
Anyway good things, well as I say it looks amazing, from those gargantuan Imperial ships to the barren planet of Jeddah to the final battle on Scarif which was so beautifully tropical then blown to bits. You can see money has been thrown at the visual and special effects - also I don't know if imagined it but at the end I am sure when one of the fighters blew up it left behind a smoky hidden mickey, a nod to the Disney paymasters perhaps!
As for characters, well I really liked the evil megalomaniac Director Krennic, he had an ego the size of the Death Star and boy he could really throw his toys of out his space station. I also enjoyed Chirrut Îmwe the bad ass blind force believing warrior and his best bud Baze Malbus, they were great fun to watch. Of course there are plenty of cameos too from such Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa and our two favourite robots briefly pop up too, plus there is a lingering shot on a glass of blue milk at the beginning of the film too.
The film I think to me warrants 3.5 stars which I'm gutted at saying, maybe on a second watch I'll grow to love it more. They could have used Forest Whitaker more, a little bit more of how he raised Jyn and a little less blowing up of things at the end.
The end though, well I'm not going to spoil it as it is generally known this film leads the way to Episode IV but they way it does it is fantastic, goosebumps moment and in the light of the recent loss of spectacular Carrie Fisher, it nearly had me in tears.