‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’: a creditable attempt to popcornentertainment

Normally gifted people were there, never stopped, but die hard fans can once again breathe: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is.

The cast of Star Wars: Rogue One: Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen. © GF

A story about how the plans for the Death Star were stolen? Really? What are we going to get? A story about how the plans were drawn? A story about the design of the table on which the plans were made? A story about the hairdresser of princess Leia? A story about who the helmet of Darth vader is always so nice and shiny black polished?

What we know about universes is that they are still expanding. But not only does that as fast as that of Star Wars. Since Disney a little more than $ 4 billion paid for Lucasfilm should Georges galactic franchise, that amount as soon as possible to recoup as much as possible movies. The christmas season is now no longer a single biennial hijacked by official episodes from the sciencefictionreeks, also the in between lying years from now to raise money for The Empire — excuse me, the studio.

And what is the easiest way to find for sure? Holes search for in the original story and fill it with things that you know that everyone they lust: an iconic villain with a flowing cape, a wisecracking droid, squabbling rebels, and a portion of Star Wars-nostalgia, where even Jabba the Hutt is a indigestion would get.

For the Rogue One is that the narrative hole located somewhere between the end of George Lucas’ series of prequels, and the very first movie – episodes 3 and 4 for the episode-counters. For non-insiders from a galaxy far away: in Rogue One must have a group by Felicity Jones led the rebels with plans for a large cannon called the Death Star in the hands. They ultimately succeed, is not even a spoiler. It’s been known since 1977, when Star Wars: A New Hope in the halls.

Rogue One is one long attempt to fans as often as possible to the movie reminiscent. It is also the no small merit of director Gareth Edwards — Monsters (2010), Godzilla (2014) — that he, in spite of the mandatory doses of cameos and winks get any tension to get in a wegwerpverhaal with wegwerppersonages. It is also to his excellent sense for lighting and mise-en-scene to thank for that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story still some epic space opera grandeur know to rays.

All in all, a creditable attempt to popcornentertainment, so. But if there in the fans, but also something of the rebellious spirit of their beloved characters would hide, then they would rise up and better movies requirements. Movies that do more than just claim their nostalgia and what they are willing to pay for it.


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