Hey I am old enough to remember the impact the original Star wars had on me in the 1970’s. It was one of those life defining moments, that was never repeated for a sci fi fan, in a era when there was no Sci-fi movies. So I have seen them all and suffered through the phases much like the growth of a child. Suffered through Jar Jar Binks, ewoks, the belief that Star Wars was for children, movies solely for franchising rights and Christmas toys.
I have been loyal. Last years Star Wars was pretty good. Rogue One was was spectacular.
For a start we returned to the idea that Star wars universe was not for little kids or Christmas gift makers. It ws an adult world that basically kept the uniforms, the gismos, the ships, the planets, the villains intact. It was in fact “Hey I know that guy!” “that ship” that imperial storm trooper, etc.
The imagery inspired by the illustrator of my youth Ralph McQuarie was maintained superbly. The colours of space and of plants made me feel I wanted to go there.
Yeah sure, the “armour” of the imperial storm troopers was as much good as a paper napkin, but the fun was there and the villany maintained.
Rogue One was a continuation of the best of the Star Wars Universe and the ending meant for a smooth, but sad segue into the first movie.
Has to be five stars for me.