‘Star Wars’: James Gunn Calls ‘Rogue One’ the ‘Most Underrated’ Movie in the Franchise

Ever since Solo: A Star Wars Story landed with a dud at the box office, it seems like Star Wars isn’t moving forward with any more spinoff movies. However, it’s easy to forget how Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a massive success with both critics and audiences. Even director James Gunn recently shared his opinion that Rogue One is the most underrated Star Wars movie. 

‘Rogue One’ tells a smaller story within the Skywalker saga

Star Wars fan James Gunn attends the premiere of DC's The Suicide Squad movie
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Rogue One takes place in between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. The Star Wars movie tells the story of a Rebel crew that pulls off a dangerous mission to uncover how to destroy the Death Star. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen, and Alan Tudyk. 

The movie is a massive success, grossing over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Critics and audiences both enjoyed it as Rogue One has an 84% critic score and an 86% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. While it tells a familiar story, Star Wars fans enjoyed traveling back to the era of the original trilogy and seeing some old and familiar characters. 

James Gunn considers ‘Rogue One’ to be the most underrated ‘Star Wars’ movie

On April 7, Rogue One was trending on Twitter for some random reason. Director Gunn must have seen this and shared his reaction to this in his own Twitter post. 

“I don’t know why Rogue One is trending, but I’m glad it is, as it’s the most underrated Star Wars anything,” Gunn wrote in his post. 

It’s hard to call Rogue One underrated because it’s mostly liked by Star Wars fans. However, it doesn’t get the same ecstatic reaction that Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back or A New Hope receives. It contains many great moments including the Darth Vader hallway fight and the final battle on Scarif. 

However, it usually isn’t considered to be a favorite for Star Wars fans, but it does have a lot of supporters. Star Wars fans have been divided on some of Disney’s new projects, but Rogue One has a positive consensus. 

Don’t expect James Gunn to direct a ‘Star Wars’ movie anytime soon

Gunn has been very public with his love for Star Wars on Twitter and other social media. However, the director has also shared that he doesn’t want to join this franchise anytime soon. According to comicbook.com, Gunn held a Q&A on Instagram in March 2020, where he said that he has no interest in taking on a Star Wars movie. 

“No it doesn’t really interest me as a filmmaker,” Gunn said. “I can’t think of any franchises I’d want to join other than the ones I’m already part of.”

Gunn is already plenty busy in both the Marvel and DC universes. He is currently directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special for Marvel. He recently directed The Suicide Squad for DC and is continuing to work on the Peacemaker series which has been a massive success on HBO Max. 

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