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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Success!!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Success!!

Rogue One is the best Star Wars movie to come out since Return of the Jedi.

In my opinion.

I made my thoughts known a year ago regarding The Force Awakens. I was cautiously excited for Rogue One when I saw the initial trailer. Now, after having seen the movie, I can comfortably say that I rather enjoyed it. (SPOILERS AHEAD – YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!)

I liked this movie for a number of reasons: The story was original. It filled in a few gaps that existed in the Star Wars cinematic universe. It had a Darth Vader that was worthy of the original, and helps us to forget the complete embarrassment he was at the end of Revenge of the Sith. In addition to the story, the characters were original as well. K-2SO was a type of droid we had never seen before, and he was good at providing subtle levity to the serious moments. The action was good and the combat scenes were exciting. It was fun!

This movie wasn’t perfect of course, it had a few flaws. The cape on Orson (first time I’ve heard that name since “Garfield and Friends”) Krennic seemed rather unnecessary. It almost felt as if the filmmakers wanted to let the young people know that “even though he’s dressed in white – don’t get confused! He’s wearing a CAPE. See. So he HAS to be a bad guy.” His character seemed rather stale and didn’t hold much interest for me. He definitely didn’t deserve “cape” status. Which is too bad, because a movie is always better with a great villain. (Speaking of weak characters – Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera? What was the point of that?)

I enjoyed what they tried to do with Governor Tarkin, Tron: Legacy – style. The only thing with that was that I think we saw it a bit TOO much. We had ample time to really study the CGI and absolutely be able to tell that his face was computer generated. If it had been as brief as Princess Leia’s at the end, it would have been more effective and I would have appreciated what they were trying to do more. (Who knew we were going to lose the icon herself, Carrie Fisher, not long after this film’s release. She will be missed.)

Another casualty for me was the music – which is a shame because I love what Michael Giacchino did for LOST and Fringe. John Williams’ iconic score for the original trilogy was just as moving and important as the images on the screen. (Sometimes even more-so.) In Rogue One I found it rather flat. Other than the moments where they were borrowing themes from the original, nothing stood out or was anywhere near as memorable.

While it is true we the audience ultimately knew the outcome of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it was how they got to that point and the little Easter eggs hidden within that made it fun to watch. It was the first Star Wars movie since the originals that I liked as a whole, and as I sat in the theater I realized I was having fun again in a universe I have loved since I was a kid.

(Now we’ll just have to wait and see what they are going to do with this stand alone Han Solo movie. Something tells me I won’t be feeling so warm and fuzzy about it…)

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