Look, I know all the rumors about the behind-the-scenes drama. I've heard the stories of massive reshoots, of nearly half the film being tinkered with. I know that some believe Gareth Edwards no longer has final cut, that Disney had to bring in Tony Gilroy to save the film. But after watching this trailer......I don't care. Good lord, this looks great. I've said that the December 16 release I'm more excited for is Damien Chazelle's La La Land, and while I stand by that, I'm beginning to feel much better about Rogue One. This trailer is utterly distinctive, filled with rich, luscious imagery and a gritty feel that is totally fresh to the Star Wars universe. Edwards' film looks brutal and rousing in equal measure, a true war movie that just happens to be set in the Star Wars world. We've been hearing about all of these things for months, but to finally see it coming together is magical. Felicity Jones looks excellent as Jyn Erso, Ben Mendelsohn is obviously going to be a stand out as Director Krennic, and the supporting crew looks great as well. I love the look, sound, and feel of this film, and I'm really hoping that it lives up to the hype. And if worst comes to worst, we'll still get a fight scene on an island in a Star Wars movie. That alone is worth celebrating in my humble opinion.
Rogue One hits theaters on December 16.
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