People here are actually nitpicking about the precise meaning of “the same” as though it is literally intended to mean exactly the same, and are apparently doing so as a means of avoiding confronting the very strong overall points you make or engaging in any kind of serious discussion about them. What a surprise.
People can keep their heads in the sand all they want, but I’ve been saying for a while now that Disney’s Star Wars (like Disney’s Marvel) has a very strict formula it is going to continue to follow until it has milked it for all it’s worth. The result is that, like the endless stream of comic book movies, all the new Star Wars movies that come out each year are going to feel like they are essentially the same movie. It may not be a bad movie, but it is the same movie, and it will get old. The magic of Star Wars will be sucked dry, and the excitement around the release of each new film increasingly diluted. You can have too much of a good thing.
And for me, Rogue One wasn’t even a good thing. I genuinely enjoy watching the prequels more, if for nothing else than “so bad it’s good” value. This movie was just fucking boring and brought absolutely nothing new or interesting to the table for me. I’ll reserve final judgment until I see them, but if it is indeed an indicator of the direction Star Wars is going (especially the EU/“anthology” films), that’s a worrying sign for the coming films.
Movies made annually for the sole purpose of exploiting a financially lucrative property rather than out of any kind of creative impulse are not art. I’m sorry, but they just aren’t. And their appeal to me is very limited. If a day comes when I don’t even bother seeing the new Star Wars movie because they’ve just become so fucking endless and bland, that will be a sad day for me.