orfeas’s review published on Letterboxd:
Revisiting the Galaxy Far Away 2017
So... how do I put this?
Stuckmann was right.
I was Phantom Menacing over Rogue One.
When I first saw it in theatres, I thought it was the 3rd or 4th best Star Wars movie and in general thought it was amazing, but on rewatch, I was able to notice all the flaws I kept hearing about but never really agreed with.
Now, heads-up, this is not a bad film. It was just immensely disappointing for me to find out that it wasn't as good as I remembered it to be.
First of all, the positives:
The cinematography here is S T U N N I N G. Totally amazing. The DP of this also did Lion, which also has stunning cinematography, so he is very promising, can't wait to see more of him (He's shooting that Mary Magdalene movie with Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix I think, so that'll be cool)
The acting is also really great.
I really like how they tried something new (to an extent, I'm not saying that this is groundbreakingly original or anything) and how they made this dark! I loved the really dark moments. This movie has some great ideas in it.
The production design is astounding!
The visual effects are amazing! All of them are stellar. The VFX and the cinematography are probably the best parts of this. Even Tarkin looked pretty good, for the most part. I'm glad he was in this.
The last act is amazing.
The score was awesome.
There were some fairly funny and entertaining moments.
Now, the negatives:
The pacing here kinda sucks. I mean, it's really bad at times. Especially the beginning, where we go through like 5 planets in like 2 minutes.
The characters were paper thin. Most of them had some basic motivations but nothing more. Chirut wasn't as much of a bad-ass as I remembered him to be and K2 wasn't as funny as I remembered him to be, but they were still pretty good.
I wasn't a huge fan of the editing.
That tenticle hentai scene really was completely unnecessary.
This is a really small nitpick but the title card was stupid.
And Vader's mask looked really weird.
As for Vader himself, I heard a lot of people say he should be in the film more, but I disagree.
So, Rogue One is not a bad movie in my opinion. I still kinda like it for the exceptional visuals, technical greatness, great ideas and the fact that it had the courage to take all these risks and be original, but it suffers from weak characterization and pacing.
I do recommend this film though.
Have a good day and May the Force be with You.
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