Two Minute Movie Review: Rogue One

  • Much has been said online already about the lack of an opening crawl, and I kind of missed it. I’m used to Star Wars movies giving me that rush of nostalgia the instant that text starts scrolling up the screen.
  • So it didn’t feel like Star Wars at the beginning. But it felt it by the end, with some new themes and ideas along the way.
  • Two characters from the original trilogy are recreated through CGI. And man, I can still tell, but they’re getting better and better at making them look like real people. Some other characters are recreated through the time-old method of recasting, and dang, they’re getting better and better at making them look like real people too.
  • The movie raised a number of questions along the way about continuity with A New Hope, and pretty surprisingly answered all of them — or at least all I can remember. It even justifies a few things from A New Hope that seem a little off when you think about them.
  • It’s hard to place in the pantheon of Star Wars films. The others were mystical adventures, and this is definitely a war movie. We definitely enjoyed it, but it has a different flavor.
  • If you’re a Star Wars fan, there are a bunch of easter eggs dropped in for kicks. Keep those eyes peeled!
  • I’d say more, but spoilers. I particularly liked some of the choices they made at the denouement.

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