It's like the introduction scene from that movie follows literally 5 minutes later which feels really cheap and out of place. Plus the CGI Grand Moff Tarkin...
The tie in at the VERY end did feel really rushed. Plus, Darth Vader while everyone thought he was super cool... the continuity didn't make sense. He's super super angry in this movie and swinging and force choking everyone. And then we begin A New Hope and... he's so much more calculating and reserved. And I think that was kind of the point. A Sith MASTER uses the dark side but isn't controlled by his emotions. Whereas a Sith new recruit is overwhelmed by them ala Kylo Ren (even though Ren is supposed to be a master or whatever which is also B.S.). But at the end of Rogue One, Darth Vader is like some crazy murderfest guy... which is fine if you want that but... then a New Hope hits and he's TALKING to people, interrogating prisoners. He's creepy BECAUSE he's so reserved.
Also, if he can force pull people, why the hell not force pull the ONE guy with the damn deathstar plans?
The tie-in at the end was silly and forced. (Ha. Pun.)
That being said, I loved the rest of the movie. It did feel like they spend very little time at each spot BUT contrast it with Force Awakens where they just go from one planet to the next and SIT AROUND AND TALK. Every place just spends 5 minutes of fan service without actually propelling the movie forward. There were like 10 minutes of ORIGINAL content in Force Awakens of new, cool ideas. In Rogue One there's at LEAST an hour.
Ships shooting ion torpedos. COOL. (We haven't seen those since freakin' X-Wing Vs Tie Fighter games.)
New service droids and the reprogrammed one that feels like C3-PO meets . VERY Cool.
Space Muslims. Cool.
Force Monks. Very freakin Cool.
MORE SHIPS. Great space battles. (Unlike the Force Awakens Tie-Fighter / X-Wing battle which is literally just background effects while the characters do stuff. The X-wings "win" and then magically lose somehow and allow Kylo Ren's ship to leave.)
Seamless hyper-transport. (The very end where they're retreating and then Darth Vaders ship WARPS INTO IT destroying it?)
NEW SHIPS that feel canon and look right. YES.
Pushing one destroyer into another. Mwahaha.
Explaining why the Death Star had such an obvious defect? Neat. I didn't ask for it, but it's a "plausible" reason and not some horribly obvious tacked on handling. It felt canon.
Death Star using 1 generator instead of full power? A neat special effect that ends up having a PRACTICAL plot effect. They're worried the Death Star might not run at full power, and then the obvious--I don't want to mention--part. Excellent use of a new concept twice. It the movie didn't feel like we were just being "shown" a bad thing, and then the second time "feel" the bad thing. Both times felt pretty natural.
I loved the grittyness of the film. You saw camera angles that George would NEVER use like the handicam shots.
I REALLY liked the characters that "seemed" like bad guys / traitors but didn't end up being. How the one "good" guy rebel was a pretty dark asshole assassin.
I really liked the ambiguity.
What, you mean like a Sith?
If you saw the movie you'd know what I'm talking about. A guy who ISN'T a Jedi. He CAN'T wield a lightsaber or use the force... except he can use hints from the force because he is such a strong BELIEVER in the force. Like a wizard in Harry Potter. You either are or aren't. But what if you were such a studied muggle that you could "kind of" use a wand.
I also disliked how they portrayed the Rebels as a bunch of cowards.
The point about the Rebels is a good one. HOWEVER, it wasn't the rebels that were cowards. I REALLY liked how they showed that the rebels were TIRED. They were fighting for so long and (NEAT) did unethical things "For the greater good."
ALSO, the COSTUMES. They were new AND FELT NORMAL. Way more than Force Awakens (though it's set in the future, yeah... but not that far.) The new Imperial general clothes, cloaks, etc. It all felt normal and GREAT. (Although the Sith's Temple or whatever... looked WAY too much like Mordor...)
Contrast with the big pile of DOG POOP force awakens where they straight up make the Empire... Space Nazis... but don't have the balls to actually put a swastika on them.
It was so damn stupid. It took all of the real fear of a cold, calculated Empire and replaced them with silly Westboro Baptist Neo Nazis.
I also liked the bad general dude. He was slightly cliche but he had SOME depth. I liked his "too eager to suck up to get ahead" attitude. He felt like some Wall Street jerk in the Empire attracted to money and power, and once he got high enough in rank he ended clashing against something different than bureaucracy and greed... the cold calculating evil of the Sith. A completely different motivation behind their actions.
- ANOTHER good thing. When they're getting attacked on the planet and all the Empire guys just stand around and the white general dude is like "DO SOMETHING!" That's a REAL feeling scene. Everyone is so shocked that anyone would dare attack them, they're stunned, and then the bureaucracy is so powerful that nobody knows who to call or what to do when a real situation happens.
The TWO unforgivable parts in the movie?
- SAYING THE NAME OF THE MOVIE and calling attention to it. WTF. It took you right out of the movie and made you THINK about the fact you were watching a movie. ROOKIE. DAMN. MISTAKE.
- Darth Vader saying a FUCKING PUN. A #@!%!@#%!@ing pun?! "Be careful you don't CHOKE on your aspirations." while force choking someone. WTF? DARTH VADER DOESN'T MAKE PUNS. That's a huge slap to the entire franchise.
I forgot to complete my thought about the rebels. The rebel LEADERS were hesitant to engage in an operation that would cause many losses and may not actually help their cause. So I don't really count them as cowards.
Also, WTF: Look at all the cool scenes they ripped from the movie we saw: (Scroll down to near the bottom for the "dialog cut from movie" video.)
Notice the FREAKING TIE FIGHTER floating up when she goes to walk out to the "align the dish" switch at 2:15 mark. Maybe she shoots the guy in the cockpit? It would have made that trip to the switch WAY more interesting instead of "tacked on" that it felt like.
"HEY GUYS, ANOTHER SWITCH YOU GOTTA PUSH because the writers said so."
The other switch was so silly too. The one the force monk and his buddy die trying to turn on. There are X-WINGS flying over head and you're pinned down in a doorway? You can't call for X-wings to drop a bomb on those black storm troopers?