We’re two films into Disney’s master plan to release one new Star Wars every year until the end of time immemorial, and with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the studio is intent on forging a new path ahead, full of anthology stories that take place in continuity with the official “chapters” but that are not officially a part of them. It’s a bold experiment that’s nothing new to Star Wars (the extended universe is vast, and let’s not forgot those Ewoks movies from the 1980s either), and it raises a serious question over whether the franchise will thrive when it’s not telling tales of the Skywalker family.
Fortunately, it turns out that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is pretty fun. Wait, ONLY pretty fun? Aren’t all Star Wars movies sacrosanct? Aren’t they all supposed to blow us away with ever fiber of their awesome beings? What happened to Rogue One that prevents it from being one of the best Star Wars movies?
You deserve answers, but you have a busy day, so here’s our illustrious film critic William Bibbiani to give you the rundown on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in another 60-second episode of Rapid Reviews! If you want a more detailed analysis you can read his full review right here at Crave and of course, you can always come back every Friday for another rapid-fire episode of Rapid Reviews!
William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on The B-Movies Podcast and Canceled Too Soon, and watch him on the weekly YouTube series Most Craved, Rapid Reviews and What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.