I finally saw Rogue One. I ended up really enjoying it, actually, against expectations. I didn't have much of a favorable impression of The Force Awakens, but I did get into this prequel.
What was interesting for me was that for the first half hour of the movie, I really wasn't that into it. Really, until the Death Star gets active, I didn't have much interest at all.
But, then a strange thing happened. As the main characters, especially the protagonist, got more invested, I got a lot more interested. So it was an effective way to move the story along with the characters.
Later on though, it did seem to drag a bit with all the technical mechanics of having to plug this cable in here, turn on that switch, crash into that spaceship and so on. Also, I don't think any Imperial facility would pass a safety inspection. But by the time it ended, I was sticking with the movie.
However, there were plenty of parts that didn't quite connect for me. Most of the characters felt like they were only half finished. I'm not going to remember their names as well as the classic characters. Hell, Darth Vader left the biggest impression of the whole movie.
Also, the music here seemed really out of place. It was like the score was trying to remind us this was a Star Wars movie - especially in the establishing shots where ships fly from planet to planet - while the movie itself was something quite a bit different, more violent and desperate than Star Wars ever was.