Of course, Edwards isn’t going to bad mouth the other 90+ minutes of Rogue One so soon before the movie’s release, but this is all still encouraging to hear. Based on what was shown, Edwards and his team were extremely successful in crafting a hard-hitting war drama in the galaxy far, far away – something that’s grittier and more intense than anything released in the series before. If the rest of the film can match that in terms of quality, then audiences have much to look forward to. There’s a strong possibility Lucasfilm carefully selected footage that would make the best impression, but it bodes well for Rogue One‘s overall prospects that everyone was so enthusiastic coming out of the preview. The studio did unveil a decent chunk of the finished product, and if the set-up sold the audience, the payoff should be able to as well.
Luckily, it won’t be long now until moviegoers learn how Rogue One stands in its entirety. Lucasfilm is holding the world premiere on Saturday, December 10, and there will most likely be social media reactions following the screening just like there was last year after the Force Awakens premiere. Granted, there won’t be any full-written reviews, but 140 characters will be enough to give fans a general idea of what they should expect when the spinoff hits theaters. By all accounts right now, Rogue One is poised to be the latest Disney smash of 2016 from both a commercial and critical perspective.