The most fun I've had watching this film. Splendid and truly a masterful edit. Other reviewers have already noted the stellar editing—audio and video—and I can only concur. The original is not fresh in my mind but if you did the handful of match cuts, then bravo!
This feels like a "Star Wars: An Event"-film set in the SW-universe, where I don't have to wonder why someone has godlike aim for a blind person. Clearly he's one with the force, and therefore it's explained why he dodges and fires like a master. Rogue One: The Battle of Scarif is pretty much a perfect standalone movie within the Saga, easily replacing the original.
As a fan of Rogue One I was pretty interested to watch this edit, knowing it basically just the big ending battle presented as a short film. But, I think the editor did a really great job making it seem like more than just the battle. The opening crawl is great, as is how it leads into the opening scene of this edit. The editing is seamless and there were a few parts that if I didn't know there should have been something there I wouldn't have noticed. The editor did an awesome job putting this together. The audio is pretty nice too, and all the music selections seemed to fit the scenes nicely. There were a few times the music seemed a bit louder than the dialogue, but it wasn't off putting or anything.
All in all, I'm very impressed with the edit and I'm really glad I got the opportunity to watch it.
- No boring beginning and middle parts of the movie. You start right at the good part!
- No boring characters. They aren't important to the overall story of Star Wars.
- One of the best battle scenes in Star Wars shown at its best.
- Great way to lead into A New Hope. See it as an Add-on to Episode 4.
- Vader has 1 voice line that sounds much worse compared to his other words/sentences.
- Sometimes the music is to loud, you can barely hear the voice acting.
This is one of the best ways to watch Rogue One in my opinion. It's short, it's sweet and it's EPIC! It really shows you what the WAR in Star Wars stands for. It kind of reminds me of the good parts of the Clone Wars, but better! All in all, give this one a watch. With a playtime of around 50 minutes, this one should be on anyone's watch list.