I’ve just come from seeing the latest Star Wars movie Rogue One. From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This is a prequel to the other Star Wars movies as it is the rebel alliance battling the evil Imperial Empire again while they are building the famous Death Star of the first series of Star Wars movies 40 years ago.
I was never a super fanatical fan of the movies like some fans are but did see each one the when they first came out back in the 70’s and did enjoy them back then. In spite of the rave reviews this movie is getting, I have mixed feelings about it. I didn’t think it was the best yet and three quarters of it are very dark and murky both visually and plot wise which I found distracting whether it was intentional or not. Even scenes inside the spaceships were dark and no real lighting. This one is also a very serious film with little upbeat lines like the originals from characters like C3PO and Han Solo.
I found the characters rather bland and hard to identify with and hearing the famous line ”May the force be with you” has become so trite, redundant, clicheic and overused by now after hearing it for 40 years in various spoofs and off shoots that I just rolled my eyes when I heard it. The whole movie is about two hours and fifteen minutes and does not really pick up until the last 45 minutes.
It was fun seeing the same old spaceships back again and they used some of the same models when filming them. The x-wing rebel fighters and the giant triangular shaped Imperial Empire fighters are all back again recreating some of the same kind of battle scenes almost verbatim and to perfection. It was also fun seeing Darth Vader back again with James Earl Jones doing his voice like in the original only a slight octave higher since Jones is 85 years old now, but still impressive.
In the original actor Peter Cushing played Grand Moff Tarkin. The nefarious ally of Darth Vader and commander of the Death Star, who died in 1994. But through the magic of digital photography they were able to bring him back.
Tarkin presented considerably greater difficulties, but the filmmakers said it would be just as hard to omit him from a narrative that prominently features the fearsome Death Star — the battle station he refuses to evacuate amid the rebels’ all-out assault in “Star Wars.”
Throughout filming, Mr. Henry wore motion-capture materials on his head, so that his face could be replaced with a digital re-creation of Cushing’s piercing visage. How ‘Rogue One’ Brought Back Familiar Faces – The New York Times
The two main characters hero and heroine Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso a young woman detained by the empire for crimes against them until she is rescued by the rebels and Diego Luna as a rebel alliance captain Cassian Endor are supposed to be this year’s on screen couple, but I didn’t find any real chemistry between them.
The film received generally positive reviews, with the performances, action sequences, darker tone and visual effects being praised, and has grossed $573 million worldwide.
Other stand alone films are being planned featuring Han Solo’s character and Bobba Fett the bounty hunter,
Ironically I saw this film on the day it was announced that Carrie Fisher had passed away and she does have a cameo part in it also digitally remastered.
Check out a few trailers here.