Frank your Majesty said:
I really think you need to differentiate between movies that simply have characters and character-driven movies. If you call any movie that has characters interacting “character-driven”, then what’s the point of using that word anyways? For me, a character-driven movie is a movie that is primarily about the characters, more than other movies. The word becomes completely meaningless, if it can be applied to 99% of all movies.
It is a broad term, not a factual remark. Maybe you should emphasize what you meant by character-driven before you say a movie can be good without it. For instance, it would be better to say that Rogue One is a story-driven movie more focused on war and the visual representation of said event, rather than “a movie that doesn’t need compelling characters to work”. When you said that, I took it so that you meant movies don’t need characters to care for, for it to work. In which I completely disagree.