Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a really good movie, I enjoyed it immensely, but there were a couple of things about it that bugged me, bare in mind these are nitpicks and in no way devalue the movie, but these were just a couple of things that either took me out of the movie, made me groan, or didn’t quite fit the narrative of later movies. With all of that said, there will be SPOILERS, if you haven’t seen the movie yet don’t read any further, go see the movie and come back.
Okay for those of you who stuck around I’m sure you’re probably thinking “he didn’t like Grand Moff Tarkin CGI in the movie,” well actually that didn’t bug me like it did a lot of people. I liked Tarkin’s inclusion in the film since he’s in command of the Death Star in A New Hope which quite literally takes place moments after Rogue One ends. Also, the CGI wasn’t that jarring to me nor did it take me out of the film.
My first nitpick comes when Jyn runs into Ponda Baba and Evazan, and if you don’t know who they are, they’re the two guys who had a run in with Luke and Obi-Wan at the Catina in Mos Esley in A New Hope. It was a wink and a nod at the audience which totally pulls you out of the film, especially since a few scenes later which is maybe an hour or two in movie time, the city is destroyed by the Death Star so did they really make it off planet? Also, but have been a rough week for them since Ponda will then lose an arm on Tattooine. It is my wish that now we have two Disney Star Wars movies that the winks at the audience will stop, the original movies didn’t have any winks or nods to the audience, they were just movies and I long for them to get back to that, especially in a super serious movie that Rogue One wants to be. Also an honorable mention for this would be the C-3PO and R2-D2 when the fleet goes to help the spies C-3PO quips “No one tells me anything…” I know there is this unwritten rule that R2 and 3PO are in every Star Wars movie, but they don’t need lines, you can simply have them walk in the background.
Nitpick number two was Darth Vader’s “dad joke” when he was Force choking Krennic, Vader quips “don’t choke on your aspirations.” I cringed when it happened and just shook my head. Vader is a Sith Lord and is to be feared, he shouldn’t be making “dad jokes”. Disney, no more Vader “dad jokes” we know he’s a dad but that doesn’t mean he should be making dad jokes.
My last nitpick was with the ending of the movie, not the tragic ending we see our protagonist meet, in fact I was happy with that. They were on a suicide mission and I felt a “happy ending” would have cheapen the movie. No, the part of the ending I didn’t like was how it fits in with A New Hope. We see Vader obliterate a squad of Rebel Soldiers and Leia’s ship blasts away to Vader looking on. Here is my problem with it. At the star of ANH Leia’s ship is attacked by Vader’s Star Destroyer and her and her crew say they were on a diplomatic mission, which if your ship is seen at a massive battle you’re lost all plausible deniability. What I was hoping for as we see the rebel soldier frantically try and hand off the Death Star plans is that we get a scene where a guy transfers it to the closest rebel ship which was Leia’s, which as we learned earlier in the movie she was on a mission from her father to seek out Obi-Wan Kenobi for help and guidance, but alas no, her ship was in a ship at the battle of Scarif. I know they wanted a Leia scene and to connect this directly to ANH, I just think the way the did it didn’t quite meld well with the opening.
So those were my three nitpicks for Rogue One, they aren’t that bad, and they really only bothered me for the moment they were in the movie and did not ruin it at all. So what did you think about the movie, and did some of these things bother you? Let us know in the comments below.