The Movie: 8/10
OK, what can I say about a Star Wars movie that hasn’t been said? Let me think.
K-2SO is my favorite thing in the whole movie….had to get that out of my system.
Right, here we go. I’m not a Star Wars “geek nerd fangirl obsessive” type, so don’t expect all the little tiny details that might matter in that personverse of pop culture. What I am is a fan of science fiction. I appreciate any jaunt into space (future or past), any trip to another galaxy, far far away and otherwise. From that perspective the Star Wars universe grabs me and doesn’t let go. Yes, I get confused sometimes with all the places and names and factions and politics, but every few years Mr. Ascully.com and I watch the whole collection of movies and it becomes more and more clear. He is not the super fan’geek guy either, but he’s pretty close, so I get a lot of insight about the details that just go past me.
As a movie watching experience Rogue One hits all the marks for Action Sci-Fi. The story is good. The performances are good. The look or style is interesting and fits the tone of the whole thing. It’s not overrun with one-liners or jokes. In fact this movie is quite serious, which I like. It has enough moments of calm and a few heart-felt scenes, which balance the bigger action bits.
I really like Jyn, she has heart and gumption. The only problem I have with how she is written, along with a lot of the other characters, is that they use shorthand to get her to the actions she takes. We don’t get a good build up of her as a person. It’s more like we get the rushed movie version, not the well written version of who they can be. I’m not saying they need to add hours to the movie to tell their stories, but to add a few lines, a scene or two that gives me more of a foundation for why I need to root for Jyn, that would have pushed this movie up to the top of the scale for sure.
As it is, I enjoyed it A LOT, both times. I even look forward to watching it again, hopefully next time followed by A New Hope, just to keep the story flowing. I cared about the people and their mission. It answers a few questions those folks who obsess about Star Wars might have wanted answered, but I didn’t really care about:) It’s an excellent addition to the lexicon of that far far away galaxy.
- A Rogue Idea (9 Minutes) – A look at the original pitch for the film and how Gareth Edwards came to be attached.
- Jyn The Rebel (6 Minutes) – A close look at the films heroine Jyn Erso played by Felicity Jones. Interviews and a look at her training are included.
- Cassian The Spy ( 4 Minutes) – Similar to the last featurette but concerning Diego Luna’s role.
- K-2SO: The Droid (8 Minutes) – The robot of the movie and one of the highlights is K-2SO the anti C3PO with his wisecracks and humor. Here we see Alan Tudyk and what it took to inhabit the droid.
- Baze & Chirrut Guardians Of The Whills (6 Minutes) – The two asia imports of the movie Donnie Yen and Wen Jiang talk about the use of faith and the force in Rogue One.
- Bodhi & Saw The Pilot & The Revolutionary (8 Minutes) – Riz Ahmed & Forest Whitaker play Bodhi & Chirrut respectively. This featurette takes a look at the original audition tapes and the actors physical work for the film.
- The Empire (8 Minutes) – A look at the awful CGI Moff Tarkin and how it was created SIGH.
- Visions Of Hope The Look Of Rogue One (8 Minutes) – How the wizards over at Lucasfilm made the film match the original New Hope.
- The Princess & The Governor (6 Minutes) – The CGi recreations of two of the characters in the film. Again SIGH!
- Epilogue: The Story Continues (4 Minutes) – The film’s premiere in Hollywood with a life-sized X-Wing on the red carpet.
- Rogue Connections (4 Minutes) – A look at the connections and secrets between this movie and Episode 4.
- UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 7/10
Of course there’s not much to say about any Star Wars movie posters. They are all the same to me. I’m sure there are whole factions of folks out there who examine every character and space vehicle featured on the images, but that’s not me. I am not a fan of the compilation thing. I can think of so many other cool images from this and other Star Wars stories. I wouldn’t choose to have this as a poster, but as it stands in our house, we have the full collection so far (eh hem, husband’s collection) so I’m sure we’ll get this one too:)
Audio & Video: 9/10
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story almost looks like it was shot on film but in fact was shot digitally. The 1080P transfer here is incredible looking and is showcase material for your home theatre setup. Fine detail is high and black levels are deep and gloomy. CGI effects look superb and even Leia and Tarkin look a little better on the smaller screen.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 Lossless track used here is stellar. With lots of surround sound used throughout the major battles. If I had a complaint its Michael Giacchino’s score that is not a patch on John Williams and often gets lost in the mix.
Rogue One earns our highest recommendation Star Wars fans old and new have something special to add to their collections here.
Overall Score 8/10