THREE GUYS AND… A MOVIE
series created by Marvin Mercer and Nick Stephenson
“ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY”
written by Dominick Cappello
This was an excellent film. That’s something I thought I’d never say about a “Star Wars” prequel, which is why even though I’m no longer avoiding spoilers, I’m not going to watch or read anyone else’s reviews. Not because mine is the only opinion that matters or anything crazy, but because I don’t want to stumble across any Dr. Frisbee’s who are nasty and contrarian just for the sake of it. The only things that ever ruins a film going experience for me is reading the reviews afterwards. Art is subjective. Don’t take anyone’s opinion as gospel and have fun when you go to the movies.
So, with the preamble out of the way, let’s talk “Rogue One.” It was pretty cool to see Peter Cushing back in action. I should’ve known the grave could never tame Baron Frankenstein. It was also interesting to see a darker side of The Rebel Alliance. I was caught off guard by Cassian Andor shooting an informant in the back for the greater good of The Rebellion. A clever way to build tension. Sure, I didn’t really think he would murder Jyn Erso’s father, but I wasn’t 100%. I sincerely hope no one is out there whining that Jyn Erso is a “Mary Sue” because I’ll vomit. She wasn’t searching for her father. She didn’t care a damn about The Rebellion. She was a rogue. It wasn’t until she watched the message from her father and the death of Saw Gerrera that she was motivated to get involved and make a difference.
After all these years, we can finally stop wondering why the Death Star had such an obvious design flaw. We can thank Galen Erso for including it and making it possible for Luke Skywalker to fulfill his destiny. If I had to nitpick, I’d have to say that “Rogue One” was lacking a truly menacing villain. Director Krennic, though a scumbag, came across more like a smarmy bureaucrat. Nowhere near as intimidating as CGI Grand Moff Tarkin or Darth Vader for the two scenes he was in. But, even though Darth Vader was a small role, he totally kicked ass. He was mowing people down as they scrambled into the end zone with the plans for the Death Star. Unlike “Revenge of the Sith,” it made sense to end this film with everyone at their “A New Hope” starting positions.
Of course, I knew going in that the entire “Rogue One” crew were going to bite the dust. It wouldn’t have made sense for them to live, but everyone’s death was meaningful. Chirrut Îmwe went out like a rock star. A reminder that you don’t have to be a Jedi to embrace the force. Overall, I think I need more time before I can say where “Rogue One” ranks in comparison to the other films in the franchise. Obviously, better than the dreadful prequel trilogy, but it’s tough to say if it will be an all-time classic like “The Empire Strikes Back.” BTW I never reviewed “The Force Awakens,” so I’ll just mention now that I enjoyed it. Complain in the comments all you want about it being a veiled remake of “A New Hope” and Rey being a “Mary Sue” because it will do nothing to discourage me. I’m loving this new era for the “Star Wars” franchise. I mean, Emilia Clarke will be in the young Han Solo film and that makes me happy 🙂
I’m one with the force, the force is with me.
– Dr. Jelly