743. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Background info

Title: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Director: Gareth Edwards
Year: 2016
Run time: 2hr 13m

“From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars stand-alone films – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an 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 key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.”

Live blog

0:47 – Ooh, gorgeous planet rings.
4:46 – “You are confusing peace with terror.”
7:10 – Epic secret bunker they’ve got there.
11:23 – I like the new location text, very useful for idiots like me.
18:22 – Droid with no filter at all. Like it.
19:14 – “I find that answer vague and unconvincing.”
23:28 – Wow, Tarkin is amazing. The lip sync doesn’t quite work but impressive stuff.
30:44 – Stormtrooper tank!
38:47 – Rebels are all so suspicious and grumpy all the time.
41:09 – “It’s a trap!”
47:45 – Death Star testing is terrifying.
56:21 – Oh wow, Easu is like the inhospitable asteroid off of Armageddon.
1:04:41 – Gah, they’re so tricksy. Shoot them anyway.
1:09:34 – So harsh, to have just found him again.
1:14:49 – I’m surprised Mr Vader would want to stay amongst the lava. Considering.
1:17:34 – “What chance do we have? The question is what choice?”
1:18:18 – Isn’t that Crystal from Bad Girls?
1:25:37 – Loving the space gate.
1:30:05 – There was a door like that on Endor.
1:40:30 – “Your behaviour is continually…. Unexpected.”
1:51:21 – Pinning things on your backpack is SOOOO Lara. She may as well have gone ah-ha.
2:03:22 – Hugging on the beach is a good way, if you have to go.

Conclusions

I was worried about this one, after the endless reports about having to re-edit it and change the tone of the movie and stuff, but thankfully it delivered. It was a difficult challenge, I think, to create a story with just the guidance of “stealing the plans”, and knowing you have to fit in between two already existing films.

But everyone did a great job. The story works really well, you almost instantly care about all the characters, and that sassy robot really takes the edge off the intensity of the story.

The digitally created footage was interesting, not quite up to scratch, but not so bad as to make me hate it like I did with The Terminator. I wonder if they couldn’t have limited the screen time of the Governor just a little bit more so as to keep it mysterious, but they did a good job with the resources available.

I was sad that in the end pretty much everyone had to be killed off, particularly the brave rogue pilot, but understand that otherwise we would already know about them and they would have appeared in Episode IV. So with that in mind, they’re all heroes and it’s a great addition to the Star Wars universe.

Rating: 5/5.

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