No flying cars yet huh? OK. No anti aging pill? Alright. Teleporters anyone? No… no teleporters either. The powers that be have however managed to succeed in making a proper Star Wars movie on par with the original trilogy. Rogue One is that movie and I can be thankful we at least have that 😉
Where do I start with this one? The awesome plot that actually enhances the Death Star’s trench weakness making it more plausible and not just a stupid oversight or the awesome characters and their development? How about I start with the most insanely fearsome Darth Vader scene out of all the movies to date! Holy shit was that incredible. Spoiler alert and spoilers all over this btw, it’s Star Wars, you should have seen this by now.! That Vader scene is how I’ve always imagined Vader in his prime, just ferocious. We need more of that please! Please, please, please make a Vader and friends movie about him hunting down and exterminating the remaining Jedi that went into hiding. Some close calls with finding Yoda would be neat too. OK, enough fantasy.
Rogue One is right up there with The Empire Strikes Back for me. It’s got everything from beginning to end. Make no mistake either, this is a war movie! A gritty, dark, people-actually-die war movie. Finally! Felicity Jones (Jyn) delivers a solid performance as does Diego Luna (Cassian) and the rest of the Rogue One crew. Donnie Yen is straight up fantastic and I love that they are the guardians of the Whills. A nice touch!
Oh, by the way… there’s a dead guy in this movie. I mean there’s a lot of dead guys in this movie but there’s one that’s dead in real life. Didn’t stop him from acting in this film. I’m of course talking about the ground breaking effects used to bring the late Peter Cushing’s likeness back from the dead as Governor Tarken. When the scene comes on, in your head you’re like “ok, there’s Tarkin, they’re gonna probably just show his reflection and what not”. Then Peter Cushing turns around and is acting and you know movies will never be the same. Wow! I was astounded and a little off put. I had a confused grin on my face and couldn’t believe how good of a job they did. It was amazing. Tarkin has more screen time in this film than in ANH! Crazy! ILM setting the bar high on that one. I can’t wait to see who gets resurrected in film next.
I shouldn’t need to sell you on this one. I will say this, if you’ve been put off by newer Star Wars movies like the prequels (which I actually like) then this is probably the Star Wars movie you’ve been waiting for. You can watch this one and not worry about it destroying your childhood memories… at least meesa think so! (Uggh!!)
- Production - 100%100%
- Story - 100%100%
- Acting - 95%95%
- Pacing - 95%95%
- Ending - 100%100%