Sorry it is late… But I just watched Rogue One this weekend… AND YES! As a lifelong Star Wars fan, I have to say that after watching this movie, I am 100% satisfied with where the franchise is going and just wish that all of the prequels were like Rogue One. Is it a perfect movie? No. There are certainly some flaws to it and it certainly doesn’t compete with other movies in the Star Wars Universe post prequels, but ultimately it finds itself as a solid middle of the pack offering. But do not let that be a down! A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and YES The Force Awakens are all classics. So competing with them is no easy task.
Rogue One is the story of a young woman named Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). She is the daughter of Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), the man who built the Death Star and made the Death Star the unstoppable force that it was… Also the guy who put in the design flaw but we will get there. After years of running, Jyn is forced to face her demons between her father and is forced into assisting the Rebel Alliance in their struggle against the Galactic Empire. Along with a ragtag group of scoundrels, Jyn and company must uncover the secret of the Death Star and save the galaxy.
A Different, More Serious Look at Star Wars
This movie definitely sets itself apart from the rest of the movie franchise and reveals a much more darker and more serious Star Wars than before. Granted, the prequels threw the franchise into horrific cartoonish category, but this was truly a push into the serious tone with a more grim outcome. For those who enjoy the expanded universe and what is now known as Star Wars Legends knows of a more dark Star Wars universe, but for the uninitiated, this was a good look into the realms of a more serious and somber movie.
The Third Act
Listen… Even for the most stalwart of critics out there. You have to admit that the entire third act was pretty fucking cool. I mean, how often are you going to see the Star Wars version of storming the Beaches of Normandy as well as the Charge of the Light Brigade. The final act of this movie is perfect. It is perfectly shot, it shows the horrors of war, there is emotion, weight, gravitas, it is simply perfect.
CGI Peter Cushing
So I have seen a lot of conversation on the internet about the CGIed Peter Cushing to bring Grand Moff Tarkin back into the picture and, for the most part, it has been negative comments. The general argument being that Tarkin fits right into the uncanny valley and it is rough to keep seeing him on screen when he is clearly not there. While this argument is somewhat merited, especially the uncanny valley aspects, I do not see it as big of a problem as other has seen it and I just want to take a moment to challenge some of these critics.
Yeah, I get it. CGI Peter Cushing can be a little disturbing… But I’ll be honest… I really liked it. It was cool to see an old character that I never thought I would see again come back. It was cool knowing that even after the actors who played these characters become too old to play them, that we can still include them in the movies. It was a little unnerving at first, but it wasn’t that big of a problem for me. I think it may need some fine tuning, but I hope to see this in the future.
The Minor Flaws and the Stray from Star Wars
This movie isn’t perfect. There are certainly some flaws in here and flaws that are more apparent than they were in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The pacing is a little off, some of the acting could have been better, the movie definitely had the “unlikely frienship” group party trope that Guardians of the Galaxy made famous. Yeah, there are flaws. This movie isn’t perfect.
Though, I do have to admit that there is one major flaw. A flaw that I cannot forgive. The major flaw, however, out of all of this is THERE WAS NOT TEXT CRAWL! Listen! I know that the people in this movie wanted to make a different kind of Star Wars movie and the text crawl can be a little lazy storytelling, but it is iconic at this point! If you are still going to use the same credit sequence, the same blurry blue font, you need to go all the way! This may be a little thing and say that I am overreacting to something that is needless nostalgia. My response to that is, fuck you, I can complain about whatever the hell I feel like and I want that damn text crawl.
This movie is critic proof. You know whether or not you are going to see this movie. But I should recommend for those of you who are jaded or not the biggest Star Wars fans to give it a go. It is an amazing movie, it isn’t perfect, but it certainly is one of the most enjoyable watches of 2016.
Final Score: 4.5/5
Thank you for reading! Sorry again for the late posts. Tis the season I suppose. But I will make sure to get as many 2016 posts out as possible before 12/31.