The most hardcore Star Wars fanboy I grew up with hasn’t seen this yet, so out of respect for my boy I won’t go into full spoiler detail here…
I will say this off the bat: I’m on record as being big on Daisy Ridley, and black actors stick together, I want John Boyega to have all the success in the world. Having said all of that…
Rogue One is the Star Wars movie a lot of us thought we were getting last Christmas. If for no other reason than it’s not a remix of earlier storylines or iconic moments, it’s fantastic.
A New Hope is the foundation that spawned a never ending franchise. The Empire Strikes Back is (possibly) the greatest sequel ever and (still) the best Star Wars movie to many of us, because, as logic would dictate, empires way more often than not dominate and crush anyone who challenges them (which is why they’re empires).
But ‘rebellions are built on hope’ and this worthy prequel to Episode IV delivers. I’m not the first or last film geek to say this but it’s true: a lot of the joy around this movie is being reminded, like with Empire, that it’s reasonable to make a really good genre film that ‘happens to be set’ in the Star Wars sandbox. Word is George Lucas genuinely loved this one, and I believe it. The circle of influence feels complete; in a good way this has traces of Seven Samurai in it.
Lucas also loves the CGI as we know. My nitpick is there. Maybe the generation younger than me will just roll with it as normal, but for me: when a human character appears who I know can’t possibly be there, I get pulled out of the movie. Actually, let me rephrase that: there’s a one scene free pass. When it happened in the already classic final sequence of the movie, I cheered as loud as anyone. When it was integral to the story, and someone kept appearing in scene after scene…it kept reminding me I was watching something that wasn’t real. But like I said, I’m old, so my nieces and nephews will probably care less.
On the whole though, Disney’s bought themselves some goodwill for the stand alone anthology films a lot of us are still cynical about. I wouldn’t be upset if Rogue One got an 8 or 9 seed if there are 10 Best Picture nominees come Oscar time.
It’s the weekend, and not just any weekend…
You’re getting a movie review Sunday night. You’re first two guesses don’t count…
See you then. Enjoy!
So it’s the weekend. But truthfully…
The silliness hasn’t really come back to me yet. The timing isn’t right to be publicly lustful.
So I leave you with this clip from Star Wars Rebels. Read into it whatever you like.
Have a good weekend.
Five spoiler free thoughts for those of you who are going to see Captain America: Civil War this weekend:
- Up until it happened, if you would have told me they figured out a way in modern times to make Captain America a bad ass, I would have laughed in your face. But here we are.
- The debut of Marvel Batman. Chadwick is great, they made the suit look great. We know how it starts but there’s still a TON of things left unsaid that sets up his own film. (glancing in another studio’s direction…)
- As much as every part of me wanted to roll my eyes at the Star Wars reference…I laughed. it was pitch perfect.
- I had my doubts, but I AM ALL IN ON REBOOTING SPIDER MAN RIGHT AWAY WITH AN ACTUAL TEENAGER AND UNCLE MALIK IS ALL IN ON HOT AUNT MAY! Best parts of the movie.
- To review: understood Iron Man’s motivation. Understood Cap’s motivation. Understood villain’s motivation. Funny in several spots. Successfully introduced more than one new hero. Knew when to be funny, knew when to be serious. First must see movie of the summer.
Also, my updated in retrospect review of Batfleck v Boy Scout and all future DC attempts to play catch up until further notice:
Have a good weekend everybody!
After all these years, this still brings tears to my eyes. And it’s timely again.
These guys do good work, and they nailed it again…
Let’s see here…
Alright. In no particular order…
- Rey…I still haven’t seen it officially stated, but we all believe she’s descended from that Natalie Portman – Carrie Fisher bloodline right?
- Almost a disturbing lack of Luke so far…fair to think they’re going literal with the ‘Obi-Wan’ parallels (loner on his own, who may only be making a ‘last cameo’?)
- Oscar Isaac is getting pretty close to getting that ‘envy/admiration’ lifetime pass from me. This flick might finally push it over the top.
- Speaking of lifetime passes, I’m always going to have a little bias toward the director who I know from personal experience has a clear vision for doing these Hollywood blockbusters. (Being a Starfleet Captain was gravy, but I’m all in if you need me for a day in this Universe, JJ!)
- He looks outmatched and that clip, but still, seeing Finn Aziz holding that blue lightsaber. Man, man, man…
(So let’s see, I’ve got an opening weekend screening, the Christmas screening with my hometown homies, probably a screening with the Office, and I need to just go by myself once to judge it as a film geek. That’s four. Might as well round it up and plan to see this five times before the year is out.)
Oh. You’re still here? Did I say that last part out loud?
Well, it’s been a fun week for the film geeks among us, hasn’t it? Star Wars, Fantastic Four put out good trailers, Avengers 2 is in ‘let’s start making concrete plans’ distance, and that other big one…that one deserves its own post (tomorrow).
One that I imagine doesn’t have one tenth of the budget that the big boys have, I wanted to make sure it’s on your radar. Dope, coming out this summer. And…
(cigarette dangling out the side of my mouth and talking in my uncle voice)
That girl look just like her mamma don’t she? You know that’s Lisa’s girl right there!
So now that I’ve watched the whole series, ‘the Clone Wars’ (especially the Netflix exclusive sixth season) is the best Star Wars material to come out in recent memory.
But this clip that went viral still deserves an honorable mention.
(Said/reacted by every little boy of the past 30 plus years…)
I’m in something of a silly mood and stumbled into this classic. Some of the cracks are definitely mean, many are Hall of Fame put downs, but (while this was for network television) there is something to be said here for the ability to be this damn funny with a bare minimum amount of cursing…
(Not to mention how you can establish yourself with one great 10 minute clip…)