Well, we knew once Disney had control over Star Wars they were going to put that brand back to work, and so they have. This year, they've given us Rogue One, a prequel about stealing the Death Star plans, to hold everyone over until Episode VIII comes out next year. Since Episode VII was a total retread of the original Star Wars, it's a pretty safe bet Episode VIII will be a retread of The Empire Strikes Back. Rogue One though has a shot to be something we haven't seen before.
Unfortunately, it's a little hampered by the premise. After all, if you've seen Star Wars you have a pretty good idea as to whether or not they actually get the Death Star plans and put them to good use. But, sometimes you can overcome that with good character work and a fun, engaging story. Did Rogue One succeed in doing that? Well, I'm sure most of you have seen it a few times already and have your own opinion on the matter, but here's what I thought: