I wanted to like Rogue One. I really did. And I try to go in without reading spoilers or gossips and only watched the trailers released..
But I left the cinema feeling hollow and unfulfilled. Twice.
Was it a bad movie ala Transformers or Jurassic World? Hell No! Was it a decent movie worth spending to watch it twice? Yes. The 2nd time to actually get over the jarring CGness and to try and absorb the story. So.. was it great? No.
It is a mediocre story covered with amazing sets and visual effects well executed . That is the problem.
Or as Nerdwriter1 puts it...
Its an amusement park ride. Not a movie.
That was what I felt like when watching Rogue one. A very well-executed amusement park ride.