Early reactions for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are in… get hyped!

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The world premiere for the highly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was held in Los Angeles on Saturday night (or rather, the early hours of Sunday morning for the rest of us in sensible time zones). While reviews are still embargoed, the press were allowed to share their reactions on social media. Are you ready for the hype?

So far, the mini reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, with most critics stating Rogue One has far exceeded even the highest of expectations. It’s gritty, intense, and will grip you from the moment the movie starts to the very end. Here are some tweets to whet your appetite.

The main takeaway so far is that, not only have they made an excellent film, but one that will satisfy seriously hard-core Star Wars fans without relying on nostalgia as heavily as The Force Awakens did. It’s a completely new story with all new characters that is going to take the world by storm. If Lucasfilm had any doubts that their spin-off anthology movies weren’t going to succeed, it’s a safe bet that they don’t have to worry about that any longer!

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Also, as with The Force Awakens, a lot of the footage from the trailers isn’t actually in the film, so the marketing team successfully pulled the wool over our eyes again. Apparently there are some big story twists as well, so be wary of spoilers. We’ll have our spoiler-free review up as soon as we can.

There’re only a few days left until Rogue One hits South African cinemas, and now the anticipation is palpable. I didn’t think I could get more excited about this, but I guess I was wrong!

Last Updated: January 8, 2017

Tracy Benson

All about movies, board games, cider, sci-fi, fantasy and geek culture.

  • Admiral Chief Argonian

    My body is ready

  • Original Heretic
  • Uhm … Wheaton was not born yet in 1977 was he?

    • Dresden

      He was born in 1972. So yes, but only 5 years old…

      • Original Heretic

        He’s THAT old? Little Wesley Crusher? Dang. The old Star Wars cast really is getting old.

        • Lu

          Except for Patrick Stewart. That guy’s immortal.

          • Original Heretic

            Most startling thing about him is that he used to have hair.

        • Tracy Benson

          *Star Trek

          • Lu

            Think he’s purposefully trolling.

          • Original Heretic

            Yeah, my Monday morning sense of humour can be a real dick at times.

          • Lu

            A good sense of humour is like food. Not everyone has it.

          • Original Heretic

            Ha! Good almost burn.

          • Lu

            Was actually hoping for a fan boy battle to spice up my Monday. Disappointed.

          • Original Heretic

            Heh, sorry Lu.

            I’m a huge fanboy of both universes, the facts I can rattle off in a discussion sometimes surprise even me.

            One of the reasons I loved that movie, Fanboys. So many little in-jokes and references.

          • I am also a fan of all three epic space series.

          • Original Heretic

            We’d be hard pressed to find many on this site who aren’t fans.

            Gotta ask, though, 3 series? Wars, Trek and…?

          • Mass Effect. 😛

          • Original Heretic

            Curses! Should have seen it with the N7 profile pic and all.

          • Basically hits the trifecta based of original mediums.

            Star Wars : Movie Series
            Star Trek: TV series
            Mass Effect: Game Series

            Shoutout to close runner up Stargate.

          • Original Heretic

            I quite enjoyed the Stargate stuff as well, especially since they based it on current mythology and the whole ancient alien theory.
            It’s too bad the movie didn’t really have a chance to expand on it more, they needed the series to do that.
            I read a while back that there was supposed to be a trilogy of movies.
            But I think there’s a remake coming that might make it awesome for everyone.

          • Lu

            Hit the nail on the head. Though personally I prefer SG-1 to Star Trek for the series category.

          • Star Trek has a much longer history with many amazing captains and crew. Stargate SG1 had the originals and the rest were boring. Past season 9 I sorta switched off. Atlantis was good first season or two and Universe …. let us not talk about it.

          • Lu

            Agreed.

          • Lu

            William Shatner being the biggest Star wars fan being my favourite.

          • Original Heretic

            The scruffy looking nerfherder!

          • Lu

            Haha yes.I couldn’t remember his code name. Gotta watch that movie again.

          • Original Heretic

            Seth Rogen’s dual role in the movie was also brilliant.

          • Lu

            Hell I didn’t notice that till I googled it. Okay. Saturday I am rewatching this.

          • Original Heretic

            Don’t blame you! The first time he appears (as the obsessed Trekkie), I was squinting at the screen with my poor eyes asking,” Is that Seth Rogen? Dafuq?!”

            Carrie Fisher’s little cameo, though, loved that one.

          • Lu

            See I freaking missed that too. Gonna commit seppuku with a plastic lightsaber…..

          • Original Heretic

            Gonna take you a while!

            Billy Dee also makes an appearance. Keep a look out!
            Man, now I wanna watch it again, too.

          • Lu

            Haha I’m gonna use it as a pre-Rogue One hype up movie

          • Tracy Benson

            Ugh, too early in the morning for this ????????

          • Original Heretic

            My fault, sorry, I should be more considerate of other peoples’ Mondays!

          • Tracy Benson

            Yes, you should ????

          • Original Heretic

            Consider me reprimanded.

            Sheesh, now I feel bad. I’ll just go sit in the corner like a bad little boy and think about what I’ve done.

          • Original Heretic

            Sorry, stupid joke. One can hardly confuse a universe of hyper drives with one that has warp engines.

        • Dresden

          I googled it though because I also couldn’t believe it xD … He still looks fairly young in my opinion.

      • Thought as much.

      • 40 Insane Frogs

        Wesley Crusher is that old? 😮

  • Johann

    This bodes well… I will definitely go and watch this Friday or Saturday!

  • Got my tickets for Thurday, cant wait now

  • DragonSpirit009

    Dammit… I need to make time to go watch this!!

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Tempting to go watch this weekend.

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    Interesting! I believe a trip to the cinema needs to be organised…

  • fleshtwister

    Watched it. Loved it.

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