I have avoided this thread like the plague. Finally, I just saw it. A fine film as a standalone, imo. Darker and bleaker, consistently so right to the end.
Cushing back from the dead was incredible. There'll come a time when new movies will feature long deceased actors as a matter of course the way the tech is progressing.
I thought the script failed in a few spots, but overall was very solid.
the occasional glimpse of old characters was fun (though my ten year old son did ponder on how Walrus man and friend would have escaped Jedha to later appear on Tattooine).
Who was Organa referring too with the reference to sending for an old Jedi from the Clone Wars and "She has never let me down"? and why did we need to know that?
I thought i detected a slight change in Earl Jones voice for Vader, but maybe thats just new digital audio. Vader was brutal and brooding. I thought his screen time was just about right, given there wasn't really a Jedi presence to counteract him and he could easily have undone the whole mission on his own. I'm very pleased they didnt pit Imwe against Vader. Bullet dodged.
The fate of Rogue 1 fitted with the likelihood of mission success and the dark tones (both in plot and in cinematography lighting and scenes) of the film. Leia's finale offered some light to watchers, but it was a notably bitter end (for the Star Wars franchise) to kill off virtually all of the major character "good guys". But as a 'side story', you can do that.
I like the film.