Over the past few months, we at Highsnobiety have been hella’ excited about the upcoming release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (in case you somehow haven’t realized). From the drip drop leaks of plot details to the surprise reveals of new characters and backstories, Rogue One has managed to get tongues wagging throughout the online community and blogosphere in a way that only a gargantuan winter blockbuster can.
But then, what if it’s, well…shit? What if we have our fingers burned again like Suicide Squad? Like a New Year’s Eve party, when anticipation runs so high, it sometimes feels as if crushing disappointment must follow as an inevitable consequence.
Thankfully, such panic-mongering is academic, as early indications suggest that Rogue One is no holiday turkey. Currently, the film sits with a favorable 66 Metacritic rating and a damn fine 84 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. While point aggregator websites like these can’t always be trusted (Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1997 masterpiece Jingle All The Way currently holds a 17 percent rating on the ‘Tomatometer” and we all know that it’s literally one of the greatest films of all time), they do give a fair insight into how the wider public reaction will play out.
Find a round-up of opinions from renowned critics below, and if you’ve seen the film already, let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“This spin-off/prequel has the same primitive, lived-in, emotional, loopy, let’s-put-on-a-show spirit that made us fall in love with the original trilogy.”
Paul Verhoeven, Junkee
“Rogue One is an explosive, brilliant entry into the Star Wars universe. It’s a bracing slap in the face, but a bloody fun one to watch.”
Matt Neal, The Standard
“Rogue One does a great job of walking the fine line between being a Star Wars film and not feeling like any other Star Wars film.”
Matt Maytum, Games Radard
“Rogue One might trade heavily in nostalgia but it’s bold enough to take risks, and will leave you stirred, fired up and raring for more. Now, if only there was a follow-up we could go away and watch immediately…”
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
“Rogue One would have been a very good stand-alone sci-fi movie if it came out under a different name. But what makes it especially exciting is how it perfectly snaps right into the Star Wars timeline and connects events we already know by heart with ones that we never even considered.”
David Ehrlich, Indiewire
“Not only is “Rogue One” the rare modern blockbuster that could have afforded to risk something real, it’s the rare modern blockbuster that gave itself a genuine responsibility to do so. And yet, for all of its excitement and occasional splendor, there’s nothing the least bit rebellious about it. It could have been special, instead it’s just… forced.”
Stephanie Zacharek, Time
“The story hits every expected beat, right when you expect it to. And it squanders some of its best resources.”
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
“The good news about “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first in a planned series of stand-alone movies set in the “Star Wars” universe, is that the last half-hour of the film is a sustained stretch of rousing action, indelible images and cliffhanger thrills. It’s pop sci-fi bliss. The bad news about “Rogue One” is that getting to the good stuff is a slog — and the movie is pretty long.”
Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“The director of “Rogue One,” Gareth Edwards, has stepped into a mythopoetic stew so half-baked and overcooked, a morass of pre-instantly overanalyzed implications of such shuddering impact to the series’ fundamentalists, that he lumbers through, seemingly stunned or constrained or cautious to the vanishing point of passivity, and lets neither the characters nor the formidable cast of actors nor even the special effects, of which he has previously proved himself to be a master, come anywhere close to life.”
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
“It’s a downer. It’s morally tangled. The characters are as depressed as the scenario, and Michael Giacchino’s music can’t make it better.”
The Wrap, Alonso Duralde
“This is less a movie than it is an epic of fan-fiction, laden with “Easter eggs” that super-devotees can congratulate themselves for finding.”
So, all in all, pretty good, if not an instant classic. Those in the States can catch the movie when it hits cinemas tomorrow. Before you do, be sure to check out this guide on everything you need to know.
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