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Rogue One (NO SPOILERS)

Posted: December 21, 2016 in Movies
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Rogue One was a gamble in some ways for Disney because it is the first stand alone Star Wars movie. It sets itself apart from the saga entries by maintaining it is a Star Wars Story. As such it starts and ends within the confines of it’s own runtime and will not (for now…the Han Solo standalone may contradict this) continue in a sequel. Instead Rogue One is a film that takes place in the time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope and more to the point this is the Star Wars story which reveals how the Rebel Alliance were able to get a hold of the Death Star plans that play such a vital role in A New Hope.

It feels great to be able to say that director Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) is successful with Rogue One. Edwards presents Star Wars like we have never seen it before. Rogue One puts the WAR in Star Wars, at once both ground level gritty while still taking place in a universe with infinite scope. Whether the action is planet or space based. Ground or air. It doesn’t matter. Edwards makes the audience feel apart of it without ever feeling overwhelmed. Make no mistake this is also darker – perhaps the darkest – Star Wars movie to date. The action seems more direct, more real than in previous films and it lends an extra weight to the film, as do the characters and overall gritty tone of Rogue One.

Speaking of the characters, this film boasts an spectacular cast. An ensemble that is both refreshing and relevant. If the films only plus point was it’s forward thinking in multi cultural casting it would have been a worthy badge of honour but thankfully the stellar cast is the tip of the ice berg. Character wise the standouts for me are Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) and ex imperial droid K-2SO (Alan Tudyk). Jones is able to convey so much of who Jyn is without the aid of tons of explanatory dialogue and is surprisingly at ease with the action the film calls upon from Erso. Yen as Chirrut is a scene stealer almost as much as K-2SO. Chirrut’s faith is inspiring, granting insights into the Force that are new and exciting and he kicks a ton of arse too. The true scene stealer though is Tudyk’s K-2SO. This droid doesn’t care about tact! He will just speak his mind and has no filter and is the source of a lot of the film’s much needed lighter moments.

Disney and Edwards need credit for once again demonstrating how practical will always be king over heavy CGI. The effects work in Rogue One is outstanding. Sadly there’s one or two key standouts, which while I can’t say how the filmmakers could have handled it better, do highlight a reliance on CGI. Not to the extent I was taken out of the film though. Another slight issue I had was the score of the film. It’s not bad. Not by any means and works alongside the film well but I couldn’t hum you a sample from the Rogue One score. There is no standout example of the score, something Star Wars is well known for, yet the same can be said for Episode VII’s. That too was a solid score but it was missing that one standout musical number.

As the first standalone Star Wars movie Rogue One is a success. It captures the magic of Star Wars but carves out it’s own identity. Edwards and Disney have showcased how these stand alone films can expand the Star Wars universe in ways the saga films cannot and I can’t wait to see what’s next after the Han Solo movie. The possibilities are endless.

Final Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer

Posted: October 19, 2016 in Movies
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I wanted to take the time in this article to say first of all that the film is looking great. The visuals are a sight to behold. The stand out for me is that gigantic felled statue. The meat of this piece would ask you to cast your minds back to that first teaser trailer and whether or not you get the impression this new trailer is showing a new kind of film. Tone wise if nothing else I think there has been a shift in Gareth Edwards vision for Rogue One.

By now we’re aware the film went under some heavy reshoots during the summer which in of itself isn’t an indication the film is in trouble – that is not what I’m hinting at with this – but that the film was perhaps originally darker. I wonder if for example we will end up seeing stand out scenes from that first teaser – Jones’s character beating up the Stormtroopers, her devil may care attitude and that awesome final shot of her about to go undercover in enemy territory – replaced with a warmer lead character for who the most important thing is hope and her father?

Here’s the thing. That first teaser provided a glimpse of the Rogue One movie I’d get behind. These new trailers are showing a familiar looking narrative but not the one that first caught my attention. I have no doubt the film will be a solid addition to the franchise but I have to question if Edward’s original vision was compromised by Disney. We’ll know for sure when the film is released this Christmas and see if any of those sequences from that first teaser have indeed been replaced.

Disney have released the latest look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This time we get a better look at the individual characters and the story. The footage has several breath taking shots and establishes a strong tone that hits home the WARS aspect of Star Wars.

It’s non news now that the film underwent heavy reshoots. I wonder how much of this is new footage and if perhaps some of the scenes from the original teaser trailer will no longer be a part of the finished movie? Regardless, the most important thing is the film is good. That’s all I care about and we will find out this December when Rogue One hits cinema screens worldwide.

Lucas Film and Disney have lifted the lid off Rogue One and released the first trailer for the film and what a trailer it is! From the start fans were told the Star Wars Story movies would offer insights into this universe we don’t normally get to see and the trailer more than delivers on that promise.

Look I wasn’t sure how this anthology angle was going to turn out and I wasn’t sold on Edwards either despite being a fan of his work to date. What I heard about Rogue One was it would offer a gritty and realistic look into the how the Rebel Alliance was able to obtain the plans to the Death Star. I felt it was a beyond obvious plot point to use as the first template for the anthology series and I was dreading hand held shaky cam galore. Based on that trailer I am delighted (and hope the film delivers this home) to be proved wrong.

Oh and Felicity Jones? Based on that trailer alone I think her character may just be my new favourite Star Wars character. The attitude! Love it.

Gareth Edwards (Godzilla and the horribly underrated Monsters) directs Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film stars Felicity Jones, Mad Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker and Donnie Yen.

This trailer is amazing.

The film hits our screens December 16th.