Last week, the hype surrounding Rogue One was boosted by the news that Star Wars "god," George Lucas, had given his stamp of approval. This week, more positive news has followed from the one medium more powerful than god: Social media.
Following the premiere screening of Gareth Edwards's anthology in Los Angeles, social media reaction has been gushingly positive. For Star Wars fans, it's time to breathe a sign of relief; the first of its kind, Rogue One had been met with trepidation following news of a troubled production. But it looks like all of that can be forgotten.
While positive reaction followed a special 28 minute preview of the film, the response to the full feature is even better. Many are praising the films action, its balance of fan service and freshness, its cinematic beauty and, not forgetting this is #StarWars, its share of delicate poignancy.
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Rogue One Is Going To "Make People Happy"
The New Characters Are A Hit
Aside from a strong plot, #RogueOne features a host of new faces. Can they add enough to the allure of the Star Wars universe? It looks like they can. While Felicity Jones portrayal of Jyn Erso has been lauded as a "great female heroine," two characters have been pinpointed: Alan Tudyk's droid, K-2SO, and Donnie Yen's Chirrut Îmwe.
While This Could Be The Darkest Darth Vader
Of course, they aren't all new faces. Or, masks, anyway. Legendary Force-manipulator #DarthVader makes an appearance, including what has been referred to as "a moment of pure horror." Added with comments that, despite the reports of reshoots, the tone of the movie is particularly dark. Does this mean we'll see Darth Vader like we've never seen him before?
Could Rogue One Be One Of The Best Star Wars Movies?
Finally, the biggest endorsement lies with how the film ranks against the rest of the franchise. This is where the excitement really begins; many viewers believe it to be ahead of last year's The Force Awakens, the best since A New Hope (1977) and even in the top three Star Wars movies of all time. Hurray!
All in all, with Rogue One approaching cinemas faster than a laser-blast of plasma energy, the signs are looking promising indeed. With a story leading to within minutes of the opening of A New Hope (1977), Rogue One looks set to elevate the current Star Wars mythology to an even higher status.
Best of all, there are now only four days to wait — Rogue One is released on December 16, 2016.
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