Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Grade:  B-

What's it about?

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

 As the movie begins, we don't get the normal Star Wars scroll to start, indicating the makers are trying to make its own type of movie, but what they do start off with is a little laughable in relation to theme music.   The first hour comes off as quite confusing, with the jumping around of so many planets, and introducing too many characters in a short period of time, then quickly jumping right into the plot.  It's a war story, and the looks of the movie are great, with fantastical visuals, awesome looking props and gadgets, and cool costume designs. I understand this movie is suppose to be a stand alone Star Wars movie, with no sequels to come,  and that's a good thing, because I don't really care about these characters much, and where they are going.  Why?  Because there is no real character development here, and very little chemistry going on, and not much to root for, as far as characters. I just didn't feel anything heroic going on here, because I didn't feel anything for these characters.  Outside of  Vader, the villains were not menacing enough for my taste. The action itself is somewhat entertaining, but some of the action is confusing, as far as the motivations by each character, and the set-up for action scenes to continue.  So, the characters are kind of blah in general, but there is a droid I like, and its there generally for comic relief, and for the most part, it works.  Darth Vader makes an appearance, and he has a scene that steals the show in my opinion.  So, I was mildly entertained through the action, and the appearances of Vader and droids. The story finished somewhat satisfying, but overall, a disappointment because of so many missed opportunities.

What I liked about the movie:

  • Great cinematographic visuals
  • Cool gadgets and costume designs
  • The appearance of Darth Vader 
  • The comic relief of droid K-2SO

What I didn't like about this movie:

  • Weak characters and their development
  • Too much moving around and confusion in the plot

Who should see this movie?

Anyone who is a Star Wars fan, as you will get something of value here.  Non Star Wars fans may just not get it, and be lost and bored.  Because, even though it's considered a stand alone Star Wars movie, it's still Star Wars, and it reminds us of what we liked in the series, and we to get cameos and nostalgia feelings that real fans long for.
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