Superb entry in the Star Wars franchise, mainly due to the fact the filmmakers have shown a willingness to take the story in more serious & darker directions. The cast is excellent across the board, with Felicity Jones making another excellent Star Wars heroine while Ben Mendelson is solid as the villainous Director Krennic. The scene-stealer, though, as Alan Tudyk as the droid K-2SO, whose dry wit & matter of fact way of speaking delivers most of the films best lines. Combined with some outstanding performance capture work, you forget he's a CGI creation. Behind the camera, Gareth Edwards delivers on his original intention of making a gritty war film in the Star Wars universe, with our heroes making some difficult choices while many don't make it out. Granted, since Disney wants to keep this franchise PG-13 at best, it not as dark as most, but for Star Wars, it's the grittiest the franchise has seen, and impressive in the consequences our heroes face. It even fixes some plot-holes from "New Hope", particularly one about the Death Star that has plagued fans for decades. It does go overboard with the cameos, as some are distracting, though others work perfectly (Darth Vader's appearance is brief but epic, only adding to the legend of his character). Overall, another great Star Wars film from Disney that, dare I say it, is better than "Force Awakens".