“Rogue One” Review

15 December, 2016

Director: Gareth Edwards
Screenwriters: Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy
Director of Photography: Greig Fraser
Cast: Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn

Synopsis: Sandwiched between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Star Wars Rogue One presents a time of bitter conflict as a team of rebels steal vital information about the Death Star which they intend to use in bringing down the tyrannical Empire.

Rogue One Review:

Made to drain millions of dollars from the most forgiving fan base in the world, “Rogue One” breathes in the fumes of the Star Wars franchise, holding its head high as delusions of grandeur unsurprisingly fail to produce even one measly lightsabre duel within this lazy, rehashed movie. True to form, “Rogue One” lives up to its name through second-rate imitation as yet another Death Star-related predicament conveniently presents itself, blindsiding nostalgic fanboys with popcorn in their palms and Darth Vader T-shirts tucked into their jeans into thinking that they’re watching something of substance.

Even without the presence of Jar Jar Binks or Hayden Christensen, “Rogue One” continues the prequel trend of masking general aimlessness with CGI and cardboard spectacle, committing the biggest sin so far through some form of monstrous reanimation process. Spoilers for those who are yet to see this latest instalment…but both Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia are back in their all-true original form and it’s a moment that only makes you wish that they’d stuck will a brand new cast of characters instead.

As an actress who’s much more accustomed to the mainstream film industry than last year’s Daisy Ridley, Felicity Jones lacks the passion of a new talent as her hardened performative skills mould her into a forgettable protagonist in an even more forgettable movie. She’s also there to appease the easily offended, along with a selection of briefly included female pilots and leaders who ensure that the movie passes the Bechdel Test, effectively shutting up all of the nit-pickers and appealing to an even larger target audience in the process.

“Rogue One” features the same imagery we’ve seen a thousand times before, from the urgent message sent via hologram, to the loyal android, to the dangling hero engaging in a stand-off with the chief villain, and it’s a film that earns 134 yawns for its 134-minute running time. A mind-numbing and unoriginal entry in an already overrated film series.

 

   

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