I’m undecided on Lists. They have pacing issues.
1 - I don’t think I’ve seen Felicity Jones in anything else, so I couldn’t comment, but I thought she was great in this and I’d say her charisma is just fine. Different strokes I guess.
Some people must have liked Cassian Andor as well, given he’s getting his own series. I thought he was fine.
2 - I see what you mean, and I suspect it’s due to the same issue you identify for 3&4. I think i heard the original plan was something a bit more gritty and war-movie like, but they toned it down for a wider audience.
I would like to have seen that movie, but hey ho.
3&4 - I don’t remember any issues with the pacing, editing or plot. Maybe I missed them, but it wasn’t like TRoS where it was actively punching me in the face with how bad the pacing and editing were.
I remember Kyber crystals being in the movie, but I don’t remember them forming a sub-plot that got ditched?
5 - Well, more Alan Tudyk is always a good thing But I liked his droid character and both droids and Alan do tend to end up as sidekicks. He doesn’t get a lot more to do in Serenity.
6 - Personally, I really liked the tone of the movie and found the ending plenty emotional. In fact I was a bit annoyed about them tacking on the Vader bit as it kinda undercut the Jyn/Cassian ending.
That said, the Vader bit was pretty cool.
7 - Don’t remember the dialog being especially better/worse than most star wars movies. I don’t remember any real clunkers like in the Prequels.
8 - Maybe I was going “Kewl!!”
9 - I agree that Leia didn’t need to be seen so that was kinda unnecessary. I can only assume they spent a lot of time and money on it and wanted to use it. I thought Tarkin was ok. Not great, but not at bad as Leia. But I was looking for him. I talked to 1-2 casual movie watchers who saw the movie and didn’t realize he was cgi!
(I thought cgi Sean Young in Blade Runner wasn’t that great either).
It’s clearly a tech that’s going through a rapid improvement-through-use phrase right now, so unfortunately Rogue One got stuck kinda in the middle of that. The Luke and Leia in TRoS were (probably) much better… or at least used more cleverly.
I wonder if this is a case of going in with different expectations? It sounds like you had high hopes for a Star Wars Dirty Dozen and didn’t get it.
I don’t think I had high hopes for Rogue One, and then I loved it.
I was massively into Star Wars for most of my life, but by the end of the prequels I’d kinda lost interest. I was hopeful about TFA and while it wasn’t bad, it didn’t really rekindle my love for SW. It was similar to the OT that I loved, but it was too similar and brought nothing new.
So I went into Rogue One without particularly strong expectations or feelings either way and it basically rekindled my love for star wars by being highly familiar, but also doing something new with it.
TLJ then continued that trend and actually got me excited about star wars again.
Now TRoS has booted me back to being more middling on the whole thing.
Solo is still the only SW movie I haven’t seen. I keep meaning to watch it as I keep hearing it’s better than people expected. I honestly couldn’t muster any interest in it at all when it came out.