Movie 411: Star Wars, Rogue One

Directed by: 

Gareth Edwards

Screenplay by

Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy

Rated: 

PG-13

Release Date: 

December 2016

Genre: 

Sci-Fi, Action

The Hook: 

Um, because it’s Star Wars

Summary

Members of the Rebel Alliance decide to steal the building plans of the Death Star after finding out there may be a design flaw that could destroy the weapon. Intel is questioned when the source is known to be an Empire scientist who helped build the weapon.

The Review

All right. I’m just going to come out and say it. This one wasn’t on the top of my list of movies to watch in the theater. Don’t get me wrong. I respect the Star Wars franchise. I may not love it as much as others who are die-hards in this fandom (like, from the beginning beginning and not just in this past decade), but I do enjoy the movies. It just isn’t on the top of my list because there are other movies I wish to see on the big screen and this one I am good with waiting for the DVD or Netflix to pick it up.

That said, I am so glad I did watch it on the big screen because this is my favorite one yet.

The Plot . . .

I have to say that I appreciate this story line in the franchise. It’s the event that set things in motion. Though I don’t think that’s entirely accurate when you consider that it really has nothing to do with the conversion of Darth Vader and such. That part of this universe was in motion before this so allow me to rephrase. This event turned the tide for the Rebel Alliance and fills the gap between Episodes 1, 2, and 3 to Episodes 4, 5, 6. Anakin is already in Darth Vader mode, but Luke and Leia haven’t really entered the picture yet (for those of us who need to get our bearings  in this world because we aren’t die-hard Star Wars fans. And please feel free to correct me if I’m not quite getting it either). Rogue One revolves around the Rebel Alliance stealing the plans from the Empire so that Luke can blast at the Death Stars vulnerability and–ka-boom!–that is the climax of Episode 4: Star Wars. This story gap is brilliant. Who doesn’t love a good underdog-in-your-face kind of story? I mean, we all can guess what happens, but it still makes for an exciting adventure albeit a tragic one.

. . . and Presentation

I feel Garth Edwards is genius in his execution. He added his mark on this franchise and deserves all the accolades tossed his way. Weitz and Gilroy did a great job translating this story into a script Edwards brought to life. The story moved along at a steady pace and I felt the character introductions were done nicely and the plot points were well placed. Intense scenes were balanced with humor and I couldn’t help but admire the way things came together. This coming from my mind where I kind of knew what the ending would be and yet couldn’t help but watch, cheer, and get all pumped when our team accomplished its mission.

Of course, picture and story mean nothing without a cast who can carry the storyline to completion. Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso) did such a good job in this leading role. I haven’t seen her before this film so I can’t compare with past performances, but I can’t wait to see her in Inferno (which is on my list of theater-going movies because I am a huge fan of Robert Langdon, of the books–not that Tom Hanks isn’t doing a good job portraying this beloved fictional character of mine. I digress). Diego Luna (Cassian Andor) also does a good job acting Jones’ opposite. This duo did a good job leading this story and their chemistry blended well with Donnie Yen (Chirrut), Wen Jiang (Baze), and Alan Tudyk (the voice of K-2SO. And he did a great job for a robot voice. Great job meaning he brought personality to this robot voice and the comedic timing and tone on his lines were on point. So there.). Appearances by Forrest Whitaker (Saw Guerrera) and Mads Mikkelson (Galen Erso) added just the right touch to move the story along and give us fans more characters to . . . appreciate.

The Verdict

It is definitely worth the investment to add this to your library and I know that goes without saying (and not even a question) for this fandom. As I mentioned earlier, this one has to be my favorite one in this saga. It may be because I find this one the different from the rest. Unique. A divergence of the original story line (sort of). But that would be irrelevant if it weren’t for the way it was brought together so kiddos to Gareth Edwards and his production team for giving us another one to add to our library.

Random 411: Other worlds … Fact or Fiction?

So, one Sunday afternoon I was watching In Search of Aliens with my brothers. It was a lazy day, nothing was on TV, and we’re big fans of the History Channel … well, we’re always watching stuff on that station anyway. History Channel had a marathon and we had already watched the episode about Nazi time travelers and had some discussion and thoughts about how weird it is that this isn’t the only thing that seems to link back to the Nazis. For one, mutation experiments on humans to make a super solider, even though not specifically attributed to the Nazi regime (like in X-Men: First Class and such), are linked back to Nazi research.

The episode that seemed to bring about the most discussion was the episode on the Lochness monster. We all found it interesting that history about this beast seem to trickle down through local legend as far back as the indians who lived in that region. We were debating about certain things the guide was saying to confirm and/or discredit the Lochness existence. And then I thought, and then asked the question, how do we know that it isn’t just an interdimentional shift that allows sightings of the Lochness and even Big Foot?

We were quiet after that, I’m guessing because we’re thinking it over, and then we slowly warmed to the idea. I mean, it is believed and theorized that the ghostly plane seems to overlap us, so to speak, so why couldn’t a similar creature or monster plane do the same? How we not know that an earthquake or a phenomena like a comet or something on that plane doesn’t cause a shift between planes that allows us to see them now and then? It would explain the reason we can’t find evidence of their life anywhere on the global. Wouldn’t it? And if we already believe in that ghostly plane theory, what’s to say that there aren’t layers upon layers of planes of existence which include a monster realm?

The show proposed the theory of time-travel and I could back that somewhat. Maybe not time-travel as direct theory, but more like a time bend kind of like bending space like they did in Dune. Sort of like every now and then shifts or pockets in time seem to twist or bend to the point where we can see these creatures, now and then, but they don’t stay in the here and now. Does that make sense?

Anyway, a quick google search tells me that the interdimensional theory isn’t new so I’m not expressing this as a stroke of genius on my part, just simple a perspective I never gave much thought of before now. I mean, even Eureka explored the idea of interdimensional theory as well as Warehouse 13. So … yeah. It just never occurred to me to see it applied to creatures and such.

What do you guys think? Do you guys give it much thought?

(NaBloPoMo 2014: Day 8)