At this point, it is weird to think of a time when we did not have consistent Star Wars movies to be excited about. The well-oiled machinery that is the franchise from the galaxy far, far away has done some great things in its two most recent releases, but that does not mean the latest Star Wars films are perfect. In fact, a brand new Honest Trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just debuted online, and it makes a very cogent argument that the movie genuinely feels like an expensive fan film. Check it out below to see for yourself.
There are a lot of different critiques and humorous comments in that Honest Trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but most of them pretty much come back to the idea that Gareth Edwards' entire movie feels like a fan film -- albeit a fan film with an astronomical budget. It is chock full of (admittedly excellent) Easter eggs, and its sole purpose is to help explain why the Death Star had such a fatal weakness built right into an easily destroyed exhaust port. As much as we enjoy how neatly Rogue One ties into everything that we all know about this universe, it is definitely hard to ignore that fact that fan service seemingly played a larger role in the production of the movie than pure storytelling and character building.
Your opinion of this particular video will likely depend heavily on your personal preference when it comes to the idea of continuity. While some fans of the Star Wars lore love the idea of standalone movies that contextualize various aspects of the universe and fill in the numerous plot holes that exist in the franchise, other fans seem to want a bit more mystique and mystery. There's an argument to be made that turning the Death Star's exhaust port into an intentional weakness is one of the smartest things ever done with the existing Star Wars mythology. However, as the trailer points out, it does seem somewhat crazy to think that Disney and Lucasfilm invested so much into Rogue One so that they could fix an issue with A New Hope that has managed to boggle the minds of fans for decades. Considering that polarized response, it will be interesting to see how future anthology films tie into the Star Wars lore.
With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story now an existing part of the greater Star Wars canon, we will have to wait and see how future installments in the Star Wars franchise will expand and explain other corners of this beloved galaxy. The main Star Wars saga will continue when The Last Jedi debuts in theaters on December 15, 2017, and the anthology saga will continue when the Han Solo spin-off premieres on May 25, 2018.