Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen is now the Empire’s lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, a vengeful Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station’s plans for the Rebel Alliance.
VERDICT: Another year, another time to see a Star Wars movie……well, since last year when The Force Awakens. Many people have been anticipating this movie for a number of reasons. For one, this is a prequel (yes, another prequel) set prior to A New Hope and this is going on a more mature tone than TFA and honestly, it can worry me a bit because this is incredibly too easy to fuck up and they can make it too ‘dark’ to be enjoyable or enthralling (Ex.:DCEU). Also, Gareth Edwards, director of the 2014 lackluster blockbuster Godzilla is involved and at first, I wasn’t too eager on him. Although with Disney helping him, they can look over what humdrum things he might do.
So how was it for me?
- This kicks all the other prequels’ asses (Yes, they do.).
- The dark tone was actually handled well without being overly asinine with it.
While I do have some slight problems to the film, there are some positives that weigh more than negatives. First off, it is shot fantastically from all the angles and scenery and the action sequences — the dogfights, the Stormtrooper fights, Donnie Yen’s fight sequences — and the dark color scheme and atmosphere actually help the movie being a tragic and somber story than try to be cool and edgy. The first act might be a bit ‘meh’ and maybe lifeless but the other two acts does make up for it in terms of story, character and its resolution and oh my damn, the third act……that is indeed an ‘oh, shit’ moment although considering it is a prequel, it felt like it was going to happen anyway but that’s nothing to whine about.
There’s a lot to like about the characters in here from Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Imwe, who was definitely one of my favorite characters in the movie that provided both action and a bit of comedy in there along with friend Baze Malbus, played by Jiang Wen. That and it helps he wasn’t wasted like TFA did with Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian & Cecep Arif Ruhman (aka those guys from The Raid movies). Another favorite character was K-2SO played by Alan Tudyk, who last appeared as a fucked-up chicken in the last movie I covered here (Disney is taking real good care of him) and he provided some good chuckles from me whenever he is on screen and Bodhi Rook, played by Riz Ahmed, was also good in his role, too.
Now you’re wondering……I didn’t mention Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor yet, played by Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, respectively……..and while their acting was good……they were ‘meh’ characters to care about. I never had the urgency to show a lot of worry as both are weak and flat as leads as Jyn is the standard action girl although moments with her father are compelling and Cassian…….well…. yeah, maybe he’s more of the weak link of the crew in terms of me giving a damn about him.
Pacing is also an issue here as we do just go on with some points about Jyn’s past here and there.
Darth Vader makes a special appearance and pretty much said, “I’m the most powerful motherfucker in the galaxy and I will fuck you up.” OK, not like that but damn…..
Honestly, while I do appreciate that Rogue One was a different turn for the SW franchise, I’d still prefers The Force Awakens in terms of a strong camaraderie between its more interesting leads. However, that’s not to throw mud at R1. Rogue One is still a damn good movie for doing a 180 from the last one. If you had to see one movie this month, at least one big event movie……this one can do you good.
The FORCE IS STILL STRONG IN THIS FRANCHISE AS IT GETS…..
I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and [SPOILER!!!] Yeah……..that part was still fucked up thinking about it.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY – courtesy of LUCASFILM LTD. / WALT DISNEY MOTION PICTURE STUDIOS