Rogue One Review (Contains Spoilers)

Mike Matei / December 16th, 2016

This video contains Spoilers


  • bud

    December 16, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    There was one other instance of using CG to “reanimate” a dead actor. Sir Laurence Olivier in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

    • bud

      December 18, 2016 at 5:24 am

      Also, apparently Marlon Brando in Superman Returns and Paul Walker in some parts of Furious 7.

  • Ross Jenkins

    December 16, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I feel that the character’s not being to fleshed out didn’t hurt the story too much. It kind of gave me vibe similar to an old war movie or the Man With No Name trilogy with how the group is loosely held together and each one has a history that we only get a glimpse of.

  • December 16, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I’d like to see you guys weigh in on Star Wars: Dark Forces video game (1995 for PS1 and PC), Where Kyle Somthingorother steals the plans for the Death star, yadda yadda. Was there any throwbacks to this now non-gospil story?

  • December 17, 2016 at 2:01 am

    You know….I’m kind of getting tired of these reviews of new movies. Basically, they crap all over all of them. If it wasn’t made from 1930-1995, it’s all garbage in their opinion.

    • DMM_poo

      December 17, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Maybe if new movies and music stopped being shitty…

      • December 25, 2016 at 8:46 pm

        haha i agree

    • December 18, 2016 at 12:59 am

      To be honest, I kind of agree. It would be refreshing if they did a video praising the hell out of a new movie. Closest one is Creed, which honestly I just thought that film was okay. Differing opinions, I guess.

    • December 18, 2016 at 1:35 am

      New movies aren’t shitty, we just need time so that the shitty ones are forgotten. Man was there garbage in the 80s, for example.

      • DMM_poo

        December 19, 2016 at 10:04 am

        That’s just like.. your opinion, man.


      December 23, 2016 at 3:18 am

      The stakes are so high nowadays for these huge budget movies that the end product often feels plastic and faked. No real emotion put in the making.

  • UncleGeeds

    December 17, 2016 at 8:32 am

    I thought Tarkin was fucking mind blowing and amazing but Leia…those eyes were facky

  • Robin Wise

    December 18, 2016 at 1:26 am

    James, since you’ve been making a bunch of Star Wars videos recently, will you soon make one about the Star Wars parodies like Spaceballs?

  • December 18, 2016 at 1:38 am

    It was okay tbh. I thought they’re was too many lost opportunities. Peter cushing stood out too cgi for me personally. Leiah looked bizarre as well.

    • bud

      December 18, 2016 at 5:18 am

      Indiewire nailed it by calling the CG “unnatural, unethical, and borderline unholy.”

      • December 18, 2016 at 5:35 am

        It must be very uncanny for friends and family of those reanimated actors lol…..

  • December 18, 2016 at 5:46 am

    I like the whole death star plot, but it’s inconsistent with new hope, isn’t it? I kept wondering about those ‘many bothan spies died for those plans’ not being acknowledged in Rogue One

    • Xen11

      December 25, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      That line was from Return Of The Jedi.

  • December 18, 2016 at 5:48 am

    James, we see ships coming out of warp ever since Return of the jedi. Remember the rebel fleet arriving at endor?

  • December 18, 2016 at 6:45 am

    its not a womba.
    i tought so my self. but i watch a nother show and they explained that it was a gomba or something.
    like they changend 1 letter and made a new race it sounded so stupid haha.

    • bud

      December 18, 2016 at 8:38 am

      There are goombas in Star Wars? 😉

  • okebel

    December 18, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Another character in the background was the Wookie grampa from the Holiday Special. There even a tiny blue hologram of a dancing girl next to him. That was hilarious.

  • MrB

    December 18, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Really? I thought it was fantasticly done, if I didnt know better I wouldhave thought it was them.

  • December 18, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Have you guys ever watched the Clone Wars serie, or the ongoing Rebels serie?

    If you are a Star Wars fan, you just can’t miss those, you need to see them at least once in a lifetime. In Rogue One you have several Easter Eggs linked to the Rebels animated TV show actually…

  • greedo

    December 18, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Good vid. In regards to Spiner though, it really was Patrick Stewart’s call to end the ST: TNG movies. He was disappointed with how Nemesis did at the box office, and felt it was time to call it a day. But even if he had, Brent Spiner would have stopped at some point, anyway. Not because of age, but because he thinks that he is no longer able to portray Data with the same innocence that he once did. It’s not fair to the character, or to the fans of the series. Sorry, small gripe. Don’t want to take away from what is an enjoyable video!

  • klaus84

    December 18, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    i thought this was flawed of course, but ultimately better than the force awakens. the FA was hokey and the acting was all dry. although i also couldnt remember the names of most of the characters in R1, i did connect with most of them. especially the blind guy. the scene where he takes the walk of faith, in the force, was awesome. although very action packed, i thought it was more into the myth and spirit of the original star wars. the temple, once protected by these men offered 99x more insight into the jedi and why they were the good guys than all the prequels together. we learned that people really depended on the force as not just power and skill, but Hope.

  • klaus84

    December 18, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    i thought the peter cushing was done extremely well. im also a huge fan of hammer hammer,especially cushing. in fact i had to google peter cushings death (RIP) of 1994 to my girlfriend to convince her he was not real haha. although the lines sounded just like him, and were said in cushing fashion, they did lack just a slight touch of his graceful wit and direction. just a little lol. R1 was done very well overall. as a fan of reading the extended universe comics as a kid in the 90s, id say they followed well with the spirit of it all the original trilogy. throwing in the right amount and at the right times little easter eggs like blue milk, and even jabbas palace esq building to remind us what universe we are in. doing all that without forcing it in our face. the characters were grittier as well, which is a welcome change to the flat, dry,two dimensional characters in FA and the prequels.

  • klaus84

    December 18, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    i will complain and say the music wasnt so tight for R1. weak. and SW has the best movie soundtrack of all time!

    • December 19, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Yeah, it was very forgettable. Music quality in movies has been going down for a while. No one tries to be marginal or melodic, only amelodic, generic stuff that does the job of being passable.

      • bud

        December 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

        It was the f1rst Star Wars movie without John Williams. Michael Giacchino writes some great music in his own right (Lost, for example), but none of the melodies here were very memorable. Originally, Alexandre Desplat was supposed to do it. I always wondered who would pick up the mantle after John Williams passed…

  • December 19, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Jesus, every time I watch these videos, Mike is so negative. Nothing is ever good enough. You can have your opinion but I feel like you say negative comments about good movies to make you feel better about yourself

  • Blutspan

    December 20, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    If you go into this movie expecting it to somehow be another episode of the original trilogy with characters that you know and love, then of course you’re not going to like the movie. Rogue One is a look at an important historical moment in the Star Wars galaxy. Obviously there are many different time periods in Star Wars history, and not all of them will have the exact characters and other things that you want to see.

  • December 21, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    The movie was good. Ok. It was good. Its a companion story to the original trilogy. I thought it meshed up fairly well. The characters weren’t memorable but that’s okay because they weren’t meant to survive. Why nit pick every single thing about this movie? It is what it is and taking it too seriously is just not what they had intended.

    • Blutspan

      December 23, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      My thoughts exactly… I was trying to say more but this comments system won’t let me.

  • December 24, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    The problem is not like it doesn’t look real, the problem is mainly that it doesn’t act like Cushing at all. Peter was waaaaaay more subtle.

  • December 25, 2016 at 2:17 am

    I was wondering
    Is this an actor who plays a Peter Cushing, who in turn represents Moff Tarkin?
    Is it an actor who plays Great Moff Tarkin, who looks like Peter Cushing?

  • juggernautakira

    December 27, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Sitting over here scratching my head on Mike’s disappointment. Hes from my generation, I believe, so how was Rogue 1 underwhelming? Yes, I cant remember the characters names either, but honestly, is there any one park from The Force Awakens that anyone would rewind over to watch again? Rogue 1 has an entire 30 min.

  • December 29, 2016 at 11:41 am

    My wife didn’t notice that Peter Cushing was CG until I told her.. Maybe because she wasn’t familiar with him from before.

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