Is 'Rogue One' any good? Look at early reactions to latest Star Wars Story

Rogue One early reactions are quite encouraging.

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'Rogue One' cast

Lucasfilms' 'Rogue One' had its premiere at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California on 10 December. There is perhaps no 'Star Wars' film that had such a huge anticipation building up to its release. It was extensively said that 'Rogue One' could make or break the 'Star Wars' franchise. The good news is that there has been a steady outpouring of positive response for the movie on social media, especially Twitter.

Filmmaker, actor and comic book writer Kevin Smith's excitement after seeing 'Rogue One' is perhaps the best tweet to begin with. "Holy Sith! @RogueOneMovie is unbelievably wonderful! No lie: it is #EmpireStrikesBack great! An excellent chapter in the @starwars Universe!" he said. Then, there were those that highlighted the emotional impact of the movie, like Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican, who tweeted with the hashtag #rogueone. "I expected it to be funny. I didn't expect to be choked up. Moments of true bravery, and some speeches we need right now," he said.

Most of whom had seen 'Rogue One' were apparently overexcited and that is perfectly understandable, seeing as 'Star Wars' has a special place in the hearts of many, however, it couldn't have been just the Star Wars brand that had them gushing but also director Gareth Edwards' success at creating a new chapter in the space-faring saga which was being compared with the best 'Star Wars' film, 'The Empire Strikes Back.'

Stand-up comedian, actor and voice-artist Chris Hardwick praised director Gareth Edwards in his tweet. "Holy craps @starwars #RogueOne was absolutely incredible. See it as soon as you can!!! Gareth Edwards I LOVE YOU." Actor Rainn Wilson, best known for his role as Dwight Schrute in the American version of 'The Office,' said that 'Rogue One' ties perfectly with 'Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope' (1997). A connection that most die-hard fans knew existed, when the plot for the movie was first announced. It is the rebels who successfully steal the plans for the Death Star from the hands of The Empire which leads to its destruction.

Apart from praises for the film, as well as for the cast and crew, the gorgeous cinematography of the film didn't go unnoticed. "ROGUE ONE's real secret weapon is d.p. Greig Fraser, whose underlit, dreamy frames rep a brave stylistic break from today's blockbuster look," tweeted journalist Kyle Buchanan.

And finally, it wouldn't be 'Star Wars' without that iconic John Williams theme music. Not to worry, that theme has also been featured in this movie, scored by Michael Giacchino. Peter Sciretta, Editor of Slash Film tweeted "... @m_giacchino score is a great mix of unique adaptation of Williams Star Wars score and the emotional strings we love from his work."

'Rogue One' releases in Singapore on 15 December.

This article was first published on December 13, 2016