Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Film Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Roberta J. Downing

Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Released: December 16, 2016
Directed by: Gareth Edwards
Produced by: Simon Emanuel, Kiri Hart, Finni Johannsson, John Knoll and others
Written by: Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy (Screenplay)
Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Spenser Wilding, Daniel Naprous, and James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader), Ingvild Deila, Anthony Daniels and others.
Plot: The Rebel Alliance makes a bold plan to steal the architecture plans for the Death Star which is a new weapon that has been developed and unknown what destructive powers it may have. That action is the set up for this impressive story.
Throughout the Star Wars saga we are all given clues and hints of people, places and events and Simon and Kiri certainly did their best to try to fill in the gaps that would give us a “Uh huh” moment or even a moment of everything now makes since sort of like putting the last few puzzle pieces together. Or at least that’s what Gareth tried to do with a script that was poorly written.
Edwards tried his best within the confines of the, well let’s call it as it is, a piss poor script and from that the film was just eh.
I expected to see a film that flowed and was easy to follow and yet in reality the film was like watching something that was just bits and pieces.
The actors did a wonderful job in their roles given the confines of a less than acceptable script they had to follow. I’m not sure how much leeway the actors had in making the role their own or improvising and I think this is one film that I can honestly say- the movie wasn’t horrible or bad because of the actors.
I will admit ‘some’ of the action scenes are pretty intense but a couple of those compared to the entirety does not a movie make.
I am an avid Star Wars fan, having read the books and watched the movies so for me, the screenwriters did not really accomplish putting all the puzzle pieces into place and I certainly did not get the “Uh huh” moment. Instead, I was left with “what the hell was that.”
I rate this a 2 out of 5. -Roberta J. Downing


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