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Friday, December 30, 2016

Cinema Spotlight: Rogue One, AKA Episode 3.9

The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.


Director:

Gareth Edwards

Writers:

Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy

Stars:

Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk


Director Gareth Edwards has cooked up just enough plot to get our wheels spinning, though he cuts right to the chase. We're still in a world set "long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away," but that's it for info; the long scrawling text that opens official Star Wars films is absent here. (So is the John Williams score, though new composer Michael Giacchino samples just enough to get our blood up.) Jyn (our main babe... I mean hero) is a born rebel, she's watched the Empire corrupt her scientist father, Galen by forcing him to help build the ultimate lethal weapon (that's right) the Death Star. ( a-ha for all you Star Wars junkies) Jyn's mission (impossible) is to steal the plans for the planet-destroyer and stop Imperial special weapons director Orson Krennic.



      With films first act is filled with delicious shades of fright and fun. Jyn needs help and she gets it from her mentor Saw Gerrera, (for a bit of romance) Captain Cassian Andor, Chirrut Imwe, a blind warrior monk, and Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook, (nutjob Imperial pilot turned rebel). Best of all is Alan Tudyk as the voice of K-2S0 a security droid with a mouth on him. (this team is starting to sound more and more like the A-team)





Then there's the action, which Edwards handles like a jedi master and a kid with a new set of toys. From X-wing dogfights to battle scenes that resemble those in We Were Soldiers, Edwards makes you feel every obstacle as the outnumbered rebels face off against the vast Empire, run by Krennic and Vader. The use of hand-held cameras lets Edwards take us right into battle. Rogue One actually gets better as it goes along (its REALLY slow starting), the last third of the movie is combat-heavy. ( an Action junkies XXX film.)



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 Hope the cue the action didn't ruin the movie for you.  In my opinion Star Wars movies live or die depending on how much we give a damn about the characters. ( Luckily, no Ewoks or JarJar on Jyn's journey). It's no lie that some of the interactions get lost under the weight of the exposition. Jones Pulls off character attachment flawlessly, giving us a female warrior to rank with the great ones and a cast that knows how to keep it real even in a sci-fi fantasy. Rogue One proves itself a Star Wars story worth telling. I Give it a solid 7.9 out of 8 on the Hurt Scale ( I have to go, there are some storm troopers here to take me to Lord Vader, hmmmm maybe he likes the review?)


Written by: John Hurt. Edited by: Jack Flowers.



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