December 16, 2016
I have just returned from a very entertaining hour viewing the new Star Wars film Rogue One. The only problem with my statement is that it was an entertaining hour, but the film lasted for nearly 2 and a half hours.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t take the time to see the movie. As movies go it’s pretty good. As a Star Wars fan, I found that the first part of the movie, while obviously being set in the far away Star Wars galaxy, took me awhile to be introduced to the new characters and understand how they fit into the story. Being that it took me awhile, I will say I think the movie can stand alone and those who haven’t seen any of the Star Wars movies won’t really be that lost or far behind those who have.
In general all of the major characters are new. Some of the familiar ones from the original Star Wars movie are there. This is a direct prequel to that movie, taking place just before the opening fly over of the Rebel ship. Those who have wondered how the rebels were able to retrieve the plans of the dreaded Death Star will get their answers, as well as finding out how the flaw of the Death Star that saw its demise was created.
It is a different type of movie than the original trilogy. Even of those of the prequels and last year’s The Force Awakens. In a way that it is darker and war is going on all around. There is a little comedy, but much less than seen in any of the other Star Wars films.
If I have a problem with the movie, it would be that it has more CGI action scenes and is a little light on the story. Actually, I should probably say that the story doesn’t seem to be fleshed out quite enough. Also, I was at times confused as to who was who since a couple of the major characters had similar appearance.
It’s definitely a movie I want to see again. And one that I would suggest you see in the theater, at least for the first time, and not wait for it to come out for home/personal viewing.