If some accounts are to be believed, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has had a production as tumultuous as the war it depicts. But the film finally premiered on Sunday, and the first reactions are in.
Keep in mind, these tweets are mostly by fans and industry figures who were invited to the premiere by Disney, so for them to have been exceptionally harsh is unlikely. But the general consensus seems to be very positive.
This is a big relief, especially considering the less-than-positive buzz that has plagued the film for months now. Back in June, it was reported that director Gareth Edwards’ film was being sent back into the war zone for ‘expensive reshoots’.
Reshoots are a standard practise with big studio films these days, but the schedule for Rogue One has been noteworthy. Disney brought in veteran writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) to do considerable work on the film’s third act, and some reports suggest he made up to $5 million for his work on the film.
But it seems like it has all paid off. The reactions praise the tone, and the action, especially the once-problematic third act.
Check them out:
Star Wars fans will be very happy with #RogueOne. It's fun, action packed, doesn't feel neutered by reshoots. Donnie Yen and K2so standouts.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) December 11, 2016
Holy crap did I love Rogue One. It’s gonna take days to wipe the smile off my face. So many surprises and so much fun. Get excited.— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) December 11, 2016
ROGUE ONE = excellent. People around me saying even better than THE FORCE AWAKENS. Congrats Disney/Lucasfilm/amazing talent involved.— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) December 11, 2016
People worried about #RogueOne not being a gritty war film need not worry. It's intense, relentless. You can practically taste the grit.— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) December 11, 2016
The 3rd act is really amazing. Some of the best action in any Star Wars movie. Need to see it again asap.— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) December 11, 2016
ROGUE ONE: The plotting and objectives are needlessly murky, but the look of this thing is *ravishing*. Drop the "why" and embrace the "wow"— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) December 11, 2016
HOLY FUCK! ROGUE ONE IS SPECTACULAR. IF YOU DON'T SEE THIS MOVIE MORE THAN ONCE YOU SUCK AT LIFE!!!! @starwars !!!! WOW. WOW!!!— Kyle Newman (@kyle_newman) December 11, 2016
So... #RogueOne? It's freaking great! So many crowd-pleasing moments! It's emotional, exciting and incredibly satisfying. Loved it!— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) December 11, 2016
It took me a while to get out from under my own ideas of what #RogueOne could be. But it's the Star Wars movie you never knew you wanted.— Marc Bernardin (@marcbernardin) December 11, 2016
Rogue One arrives in theatres on December 16. It stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed,Mads Mikkelsen and Ben Mendelsohn.
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