Surprisingly great! I say surprising because I really wasn't sure what to expect from this movie. Aside from the Vader teases the trailers left me feeling rather indifferent. I was a little worried the darker, grittier look and tone might make it feel less Star Wars or too detached from the other films stylistically. As the opening scene unfolded it still took a bit time to adjust to the different style. Of course that feeling fell by the wayside once things started rolling and we were jumping from one planet to the next on Jyn's journey. After that I was all in and totally engrossed.
I don't have many criticisms other than what has already been discussed.
I agree with the nitpicks about Vader's suit and voice. I thought they had the modulation sounding pretty good in RotS and even Rebels. I guess they could have tweaked it a bit further but regardless it was awesome to hear JEJ as Vader again. There were only two Vader scenes but they were both very satisfying and seeing him mow down those rebels was unforgettable.
Vader's castle on Mustafar - cool! Psychologically you gotta wonder why Vader would choose to reside on the same planet where he was defeated by Obi-Wan, burned to a crisp and to his knowledge the place where he killed his wife. Perhaps it fuels his hatred.
I thought all the cameos worked pretty well. Artoo and Threepio were the only one that felt a bit forced to me. Does Dr.Evazan just travel around the galaxy looking to start shit with everybody? lol
A little detail I liked was that the Stormtroopers had the voice click sound like in ANH.
I wasn't expecting Tarkin to have such a large role as he did. All things considered I think they did a pretty convincing job with the digital face replacement. They've come a long way from the digital double work that first appeared in AOTC and ROTS which even back then were not that great.
Regarding the Tantive IV issue, it might have worked better if it had been a different ship that escaped from Vader with the plans and then shown a shot of that ship later rendezvous with the Tantive to bridge together with the final scene of the disk being delivered to Leia.
Naturally, I can't wait to see it again!
Much Softer wrote:
And what about the rumoured prequel connections? (Besides Bail and Mon Mothma.)
At least I didn't recognise any other connections to the Prequels. But there were two connections to the Rebels:
- First time we see the Yavin IV base General Syndulla is hailed twice by the com system.
- Ghost is with the Rebel Fleet. I think it was shown also twice.
Another connection to the ANH is criminal duo from the Cantina scene.
I don't recall for sure but wasn't there one of those turbo tanks with the huge wheels from the RotS Kashyyyk battle in the establishing shot of the Imperial prison facility? Would be another prequel connection.
Here's the shot with Chopper's cameo: