Previously we previewed some of the controversy with this film.
Here we have a tweet from one of the writers of Rogue One
@chrisweitz Ethnically diverse group led by brave women rise up against new threat from authoritarian regime led by old white men? Check.
This gets things off to a bad start. Clearly white men are evil. There is no other group that one can get away with saying such. Are white men any more evil than any other group? I will leave that to you to decide.
So I went to a matinee such that I could write this review for Spawny’s Space. The matinee cost less, so there will be less of my money flowing to the filmmakers.
WARNING —-SPOILERS AHEAD
This year’s protagonist looks an awful lot like last year’s protagonist. In fact she runs around with her mouth open just like last year’s as described here
To the film’s credit, she does not instantly possess superior fighting abilities. She is skilled in that regard, but comes at it honestly, as she was taught in her youth. Still, for being so small and without muscle, her skills are rather good. I suppose that I am happy that they are not outrageously good; be thankful for small favors.
She is also continually sassy and full of moxie. In times of stress in movies this attribute might be OK, but a continual dose of it makes it so the character is unlikable. She has lots of attitude; more than anybody in the movie, and it is continually showing.
Of course, she is good looking. I wonder what would happen if ever a not-so-good looking actress was cast in such a role. Perhaps the fellas would like her less. Attitude is more forgivable when a woman is easy on the eyes.
Now, onto the movie. As an action flick, it is not so bad. It is way better than the Force Awakens. Of course there are the plot holes and silly plot devices that one expects from action movies. Fortunately the plot wasn’t about destroying a Death Star , rather it was about stealing the plans to a Death Star — Big Difference. At least it was enough of a difference that it seemed fresh.
One big plot hole was especially bothersome. The Head Weapon Designer fella intentionally built in a weakness such that the Death Star could be destroyed. He smuggled out a video of him telling about it in general and where the detailed plans could be found. Of course, gathering up these plans would require a desperate raid on an Empire Base. If he knew about the weakness that he designed in, why did he not just give the details to the weakness with his original video. There was no need to obtain the detailed plans. Furthermore, in Episode IV, it is announced that after analyzing the plans, they have discovered a weakness. From this movie, they already knew that it was there, they just needed details. Enough INTJ logic.
The good guys are a diverse bunch. There are lots of different accents, making it somewhat difficult to understand what was being said. There was also the use of shaky-cam, though fortunately it was milder than many other movies. As for the two main bad guys (other than Darth Vader), they were Englishmen (actually one was Aussie). They were Grand Moff Tarkin and the fellow in charge of building the Death Star. Both are ambitious back-stabbing evil white men. Yes, you read that right, Tarkin is a primary character in this flick. Obviously he was CGI, as Peter Cushing has been dead for quite some time. Perhaps in a way it is fitting that he was raised from the dead, as he was a star in all of those Hammer Studio horror films that I loved as a kid. The third villain, Darth Vader, is not an Englishman, but he is a white man.
As for a recommendation, if you want a CGI based heavy-action movie, then this should be suitable. The plot line is at least somewhat original by recent Star Wars standards, it doesn’t have Jar-Jar, dopey teen-angsty Anakin or Darth Emo; which is all good. If you can get a free viewing, go for it.