On Smith and Marc Bernardin's Fat Man on Batman podcast, both hosts expressed that they went in with somewhat subdued expectations, but not expecting a dud either.
"It was beyond good. It was fantastic. It was amazing, and maybe my bar wasn't high but it wasn't in the s****** either. I expected something. I did not expect this movie. They did not prepare us for what this movie is. I wouldn't say they're hiding what this movie is, like this movie is fan f******-tastic."
Smith continued, saying "It's Empire Strikes Back good. That's the highest f****** bar. It's crazy f****** good, and there's more wars in this Star Wars movie than in any Star Wars movie prior to this, and it really felt like oh s***."
The rest of his review consists of heavy spoilers for the film, so if you're interested in hearing more you can catch their full review in the video above.
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers.
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