Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is quite an accomplishment. Consider what is at stake: make another blockbuster, have it fit into the cannon of Star Wars films and the created film universe, have it fit in the story as seemlessly as possible, deliver effects, action, characters, and heart.
From the two times we have already seen the film, all of this is accomplished in Rogue One.
It’s also worth noting the female lead character, another strong female role.
And the Director, Gareth Edwards, a super fan, has clearly worked hard and researched extensively for this film. The film has some of the most realistic war sequences in Stars Wars. The pathos of war, the sacrifice, the loss, the heroism are all on display here.
It’s surprising and moving.