Hello fellow nerds!, Yeah it’s been a year or better since I’ve posted.
Last December we got a new Star Wars Movie, and the optimism was super high for it, and we weren’t too dissapointed in my opinion. According to BoxOfficeMojo, it’s made 2 Billion worldwide.
Fast forward to now, and we just saw our first standalone Star Wars movie.
Going in I didn’t know what to expect, I had commented on what we knew, it was the story of how the Rebellion acquired the plans to destroy the death star in Episode 4… What? you don’t remember that part? Here let me remind you..
It’s all spelled out on the crawl in Star Wars Episode IV (from 1977)
Well there you go.. at first blush I thought this might be a weird.. Oceans 11 style Star Wars-ish heist movie. I would have been ok with that.
What we got, I feel at least, was better. We got a story that had a natural flow, it had good characters, and it ended just like I needed it to.
I felt like it stood well on it’s own, and the battle scenes where pretty intense. Like the rest of the Star Wars franchise it’s fast paced, as you follow a group of people through a series of connected events that all kind of work out for our rebel heroes.
Now.. to help me be freeee in my post.. and somehow.. because you *might* live on the moon.. or maybe NOT have already seen this movie and be a fan.. I’ve included a spoiler function! It looks blurry like this!
If you click on the blurry it will become LESS Blurry.
YOU’VE BEEN WARNED! SO DON’T COMPLAIN.
The basic plot of the movie:
Our story follows Jyn Erso who is put into a position to discover that her father who works for the Empire and had designed the Death Star, had in fact betrayed them and put a flaw in it’s design. She and a team of Rebels and a few other Scruffy Nerf herders, move along the plot in standard Star Wars fashion from planet to planet until they end up trying to infiltrate the Imperial Base that Jyn’s father told her would hold the plans to the Death Star to prove her father wasn’t all that bad a guy, and also save the galaxy from the Empire. They run from a CGI Moff Tarkin and new bad guy Orson Krennic (who killed Jyn’s mother, and forced her father to design the Death Star) and eventually succeed in infiltrating a facility where the plans are held and are able to transmit them to the rebels who have come to their aid, but then our heroes die as the Empire fires the Death Star. Just before the credits roll you see a CGI Princess Leah running with plans in hand from Vader just before episode IV.
Plot Points I really liked:
Everyone Dies. I wasn’t looking for a good ending, I just needed it to line up and knowing that people really die in real situations like this made it feel real. I really am loving this new Disney owned Lucasfilm. I will continue to watch these as long as they stay interesting.
Characters I really liked:
This isn’t a spoiler.. so I’m not hiding this..
The fucking Robot. K-2SO was the best in this movie. K-2SO is a reprogrammed Imperial Combat Droid.
The “I’m forced to say these things, but if given the chance I will murder you” attitude was great.
I was also looking forward to this guy because he’s played by this guy:
You might remember Alan Tudyk from playing Wash on Firefly. He dies in this too and it will always be too soon.
Some of the Rebel pilots you see were actually from footage made in Episode IV. I thought that was a nice touch.
They could have done better with?
Vader. More Vader would have been welcome. I loved that James Earl Jones reprised his role on the voice.. but I didn’t like the sprinkling of Vader that we got in this movie. I’d have preferred we got to see Vader hunt this crew rather than see Krennic do it, even though it does feel nice that kill the bad guy in the end. Rebels tie-ins. I needed some Ashoka or the Rebels crew.. or the Ghost. If any of that was in there in the background I certainly missed it.
That CGI tho.
Moff Tarkin and a Young Leah are represented in CGI, it’s good, but not great, still I am on the fence on whether new actors would have had the same effect seeing as we are getting a new actor for the Han Solo movie.
So I am giving this a 4 out of 5
Rotten tomatoes currently gives it an 84% which is about right. I think everyone should see it, but only if they like Star Wars.