DUN, DUN, DUN DA DANUN…. Yes I have been happily singing Darth Vader’s theme song for several days now in anticipation for Rogue One!
I don’t always get to see a movie on opening night but when it is one as big as Rogue One, you can bet on it. Even if it means keeping my toddler up past her bedtime and taking her with us. FYI she is the world’s tiniest Sith and couldn’t wait to see her favourite… Lord Vader. Light saber in one hand (Vader’s obviously) Vader stuffy in the other, my daughter marched us all in to the theater to watch the latest installment, Rogue One.
Rogue One (2016)
Director: Gareth Edwards
Rating/ Run Time: PG-13, 2hrs 14
Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.
First thing I expected to see? Certainly not the signature rolling dialogue into a starry sky that fans know well. Bold move, making such a distinct change right out of the gate. Fans were warned ahead of time but I don’t think they believed it. My husband flat-out refused to believe me when I warned him and was stunned when he didn’t see it. I did warn him.
Yes I’m sure there will be fans who hold canon dear and will be upset by this. However, in the epic scheme of things, it is a small detail that we should overlook because the rest of the movie stayed on target. One of the things that I really appreciated for example, was the consideration of chronology down to the smallest detail. Costumes for example, looked appropriately old-fashioned as the story takes place before Episode IV: A New Hope. Even the cinematography kept to the time-line without appearing hokey. No easy task I’m sure. You will not see over-the-top SFX in this flick. Nothing that would appear more modern than future installments. I found that very important and as a fan I would have been very disappointed otherwise.
The cast was pretty good. I liked Jyn’s character and I really enjoyed Felicity Jones’s portrayal. One teeny, tiny spoiler? Nah, I can’t do it but it does involve Darth Vader and it’s awesome! Another thing you won’t see…Bothans! Perhaps one of the most famous line from the original trilogy that anyone remembers from Mon Mothma is, “Many Bothans died to bring us this information.” Many Canonites will surely get into a tizzy over this but as my son figured out in our drive-home analysis, is that the Bothans died in the destruction of the second Death Star. Rest assured there are not supposed to be Bothans in Rogue One and if you know this already, good on you!
There is one little thing that happens at the very end that bothered me because it was just too convenient (You will know it when you see it) but otherwise Rogue One was excellent. A little slow to start perhaps but the second half makes up for it.
Go get your tickets before the spoilers and trolls start, or you will be avoiding social media for a while 😉