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Lucasfilm lost sleep over uncanny resurrections of 'Rogue One'

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Rogue One was pretty good. Lucas should have lost sleep over Episode 7 for its unoriginal plot , and Episode 1 for poor acting.

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Episode 7? A force awakens? I thought that was a great flick and I say that as biased as possible because im absolutely not a star wars fan.

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I loved Rogue One - I just watched it again the other day.

I quite enjoyed Episode 7 as well, though to be fair, it was in many ways it followed the plot of Episode 4.

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Episode 7 felt like a rehash of the first Star Wars for the younger generations. They were quite faithful to the original, right down to the bad acting and the embarrassing dialog. Haven't seen Rogue One yet - my aversion to boredom outweighs my desire for nostalgia at the moment.

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Rogue One was much better than Episode 7 in my opinion. I felt like Tarkin's inclusion was completely believable but the Leia scene was a little odd. Overall it didn't effect my feeling of the movie though and I came away thoroughly satisfied.

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I didn't even realize Tarkin was done with CG when I watched it the first time. I only read about it after the fact, and when I watched it the other day, I noticed it. But it was good enough that I didn't notice until after it had been pointed out to me.

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@Dan Lewis "Lucas should have lost sleep over Episode 7" Lucas was not involved with Episode 7. After he sold Lucasfilm to Disney he promptly moved on.

One of the problems with movie making today, and more specifically digital effects, is that the movie makers view the scene so many times they become numb to it. Its not possible for them to see it the way we do the first time.

I've found a lot of films with uncomfortable scenes, like the feeling of uncanny valley with these digital resurrections, fad with future viewings. The same thing likely happens with the digital effects people until they finally say that looks good, after the 100th time they see it.

It felt off to me the first time I saw the film, but I knew Mr. Cushing had passed away and that Ms. Fisher was no longer 19. Interesting one of the people I watch the movie with had no idea either character was digitally created. So is it uncanny valley that took us out of the movie, or the knowledge that what we were seeing wasn't possible.

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Wasn't a good depiction of Leia.

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The Tarkin CG wasn't bad TBH, however the Princess Leia CG was revolting. The alarming decision to focus on her CG for an extended period in the final scene really ruined the movie for me as it was so unsettling

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Personally, I enjoyed seeing these recreations although I knew instantly the were CG. I can understand it might be a bit creepy for some. Seeing Cushing again was a bit like seeing a ghost. Bit freaky but I think audiences might get used to it. Yeah. Leia's bit was a bit too long or something was a bit off. Was it the skin texture or something? Both characters looked a bit plastic or something. No doubt with better CG, recreations will look even more realistic in the near future. Then, will they need highly paid actors for short bits (Luke in E7)?

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Honestly, I didn't know both characters were CGed. I had no idea that Cushing was long gone. Of course, when I saw Leia, I felt that jolt of satisfaction because Rogue One mended so well with the IV episode, and the rest, when she appeared. But, frankly, I thought that Fisher was under a heavy wall of make-up to look so exactly as she was 40 years ago. I enjoyed the movie a lot, watched it twice in the big screen. Those complaining about Cushing and Fisher CGs are not able to enjoy a movie. There are people who goes to cinemas only to find mistakes - can you believe that? If you haven't seen Rogue One in the big screen, so sorry for you. You have lost a great chance of entertaining yourself.

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The only thing I can say is Star Wars IV premiered in 1977. I remember all the hype when it hit the big screen when I was kid. That's 40 years ago!!

In another 10 you will not notice those kinds of small details even if you were told before hand.

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There was no reason to not just use actors for those roles. It's a movie after all. It was galling along with Vader rampaging. I don't recall the theatre cheering when the younglings were killed in the prequels. And Rogue One was just meh. Society has dropped off a cliff it seems

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In the last Captain America movie, there was a youthful cameo of Robert Downey Jr as a young Tony Stark (though that movie could have been an Iron Man iv).

One of Bob Downey's early roles was as Derek Lutz in Back to School (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlcQ_5eAzYA), from about 1989 or so, and the cameo is sort of identical to him in that movie.

Not much upset following Captain America though nobody in it is dead yet, except some bad guys.

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They're playing around with this, but what they do best are original creations. Look at the recent Skull Island. Fabulous eye close ups on Kong and that buffalo. And the first Pirates film had stunning CGI characters...half man, half sea thing. Even opening and closing urchins on them. So, stick to new imaginative characters and stay away from real people. As far as Carrie at the end of Rogue One, they should have made the reveal way more discreet. The straight on close up had a doll like quality. Free up those artists for what they do best.

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They also lost sleep over a call that --thankfully-- never came:

Director Gareth Edwards says that after reading the script, the production staff saw only one way out for Jyn and friends. “Everyone read that and there was this feeling of like, ‘They’ve got to die, right?’ And everyone was like, ‘Yeah, can we?’” But with the famously family-friendly Disney in charge, Edwards originally looked for another, lighter, more survivable ending.

“We thought we weren’t going to be allowed to but Kathy [Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm] and everyone at Disney were like ‘Yeah it makes sense. I guess they have to because they’re not in A New Hope,’” Edwards told Empire. From then on, he had his license to kill, and the survivor ending wasn’t even filmed. “I kept waiting for someone to go, ‘You know what? Could we just film an extra scene where we see Jyn and Cassian, they’re okay and they’re on another planet?’” Edwards says. “And it never came. No one ever gave us that note, so we got to do it.”

It’s something of an indictment on the Hollywood studio system that Edwards assumed he wouldn’t have the freedom to kill his leads, but it’s a good example of a studio giving a story and a director space to work on their own terms: rather than a change for the worse, the tweak to the script actually brought Rogue One closer to Edwards’ original vision. The result is a gut punch that works as a powerful ending — something pop culture has been particularly bad at lately.

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Why had ever comment on here have a negative vote? I would imagine that there is one hardcore Star Wars fan out there who cant possibly abide by the idea that people found flaws with Episode 7 and Rouge One!

Neither film is perfect and i echo the comments about 7 being a reboot of Episode 4 and i admit Rouge One was a good movie, albeit unnecessary in the long run. It was made purely to fill the 2 year gap between 7 and 8! Likewise the upcoming Han Solo film is being made to fill the gap between 8 and 9?

Its worrying that what was once a great trilogy with a good story, is now being made purely for the means of making money and selling toys to children!

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Rogue One was a sort of moderately interesting sidetrack for me, but I have to be honest, I didn't love it.

But The Force Awakens was brilliant, vintage Star Wars. I loved the interplay between the old stagers like Harrison Ford and the new gen actors who played Finn and Rey and the like. I thought the guy who played Kylo Ren was genuinely good in the role.

Can't wait to see the follow up.

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Rogue One was pretty good. Lucas should have lost sleep over Episode 7 for its unoriginal plot , and Episode 1 for poor acting.

Lucas has Zero input over any of the films. George had a number of Star Wars movies in early stages of development when he sold Lucasfilm to Disney. Disney passed on all of Lucas's ideas. Frankly, that's a good thing. Star Wars 1-3 were horrible. While neither Rouge One or Episode 7 were particularly perfect they are SOOOOO much better than 1-3.

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Loved the step towards this high-quality computer animation! Obvious, a ways to go but you understand what their are trying to achieve and I can appreciate that. Rogue One was a good flick

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