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Wasn't sure what all the hype was about till the final third of the movie. Wasn't expecting that at all! Absolutely brilliant and on first viewing I would say it's up there. I'll need to watch it again though to confirm the brilliance of the end.

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Thought the first half hour/45 minutes were pretty dreadful. Jumping all over the place and was starting up a whole bunch of different storylines which gave it no flow, but the last hour is absolutely brilliant. Still think Force Awakens is better, but this was very enjoyable.

Only thing that sort of ruined it for me was all the nods to the previous films just made me think "Member A New Hope? Member *insert character that may or may not appear in this film*? Oh I member".

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Enjoyed it more on second viewing. Still think they should have obscured the features of the CGI characters, though, perhaps by solely focusing on their reflections.

I'm hoping that a version will surface someday that features the original ending.

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Oh yeah, saw it yesterday. It's awesome. One question though;

How does the guy who has the death mark on 12 planets and his pal (who's arm Obi Wan lightsabers off in the Mos Eisley cantina) make it off Jedha before the Death Star blows up the city and much of the planet?

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I really enjoyed the film.  But thought it really dragged in the first part of the movie, then once it clicked into gear it was gripping and didn't feel like it lasted long at all.  Hopefully I will get to see it again over Christmas.

 

DA Baracus they had plenty of time to leave the planet, since they met in the market and that was before the initial battle or travelling to meet Idi Amin.

That Darth Vader cameo was pretty cool.  I didn't mind Grand Moff Trakin and thought they did that pretty well.  The other people interspliced through out the film was well done as well.  Red Five dying was nice.  Although I think Princess Leia at the end would have been better like Nizzy suggested as a reflection as it didn't quite look as impressive as Grand Moff Tarkin.  Probably something to do with the age of the skin they are trying to render.

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Went to see it tonight. Similar to The Force Awakens in some ways: a couple of missteps but every time it regained its balance and went on to be a thoroughly enjoyable Star Wars film.

I'm a big fan of Ben Mendelsohn so it was great to see him have a proper, starring, role in a big blockbuster.

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What I liked:

Donnie Yen. The space battles. James Earl Jones. Bail Organa! That frightening Darth Vader scene at the end (who, despite my initial concerns, wasn't overused) gave me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. The little nods to the original trilogy, all of which felt more natural than those in VII. K2-SO. The variety of Stormtroopers. The whole Jedha/"Guardian of the Whills" concept, combined with the Death Star - the Empire's ultimate weapon, existing by destroying the power of the Jedi - was well crafted.

What I didn't like:

CGI Tarkin looked a bit ropey, I liked the idea of him being there and the tension between Tarkin/Krennic (a preview to the Tarkin/Vader tension?) was a good point but the CGI looked poor. In contrast to everyone else ever, I preferred the CGI Leia. On to Leia, not entirely sure the final scene was necessary because we know what happens next - seeing her taking hold of the plans and the jump to hyperspace was a bit needless. I didn't like Darth Vader's suit, it looked a bit too bulky but at the same it looked too flimsy. The first act felt a bit too stretched out.

The complaints were minor things though.

A decent watch. I was initially sceptical about the whole "anthology" thing (and I remain so) but this was a good start.

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Saw it Saturday with my son. We were both chuffed afterwards. CGI Tarkin was ok but Leai I thought was poor. Other than that no real complaints. Some great characters, Chirrut imwe, baze melbus, K2S0, plus others. Did feel James Earl Jones age could be heard making Vader slightly less real but that's just nit-picking. Looking forward already to episode VIII and next anthology film

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8 hours ago, DA Baracus said:

How could it end any differently given that

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It leads directly in to the very first scene of A New Hope?

 

The trailer shows Jyn being confronted by a hovering TIE fighter when on the tower trying to upload the plans for the Death Star. That wasn't in the final version.

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There could have created a bit of tension in the Krennic and Jyn's final confrontation despite the fact you knew she was going to successfully transmit the plans, but it was obvious that Cassian Andor was going to recover in time to kill the big bad from the moment he fell down the shaft. Opportunity missed, imo.

 

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