Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Directed By: Gareth Edwards

Screenplay By: Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy

Cinematography By: Greig Fraser

Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen & Wen Jiang

My expectations for Rogue One weren’t all that high, but I was expecting to have a fun time going back to a Galaxy far far away. And ultimately I did. My biggest problem is that they tried too hard to tell too much. I was really hoping for a movie purely about the Rebels but that is not what this movie is about. This movie is about an orphaned girl saving her father’s name by helping the rebels; choosing fight instead of flight.

The character development while not so much lacking is just rather typical. Maybe the most interesting part of Jyn Erso’s story is that she is so connected to her father (cough cough Luke/Leia and Darth Vader). Star Wars has always been about children and their parents but as it’s not a part of the main stories, Rogue One had an opportunity to be about something else.

The most interesting characters were Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus, played by Donnie Yen and Wen Jiang. The two of them had a tremendous amount of chemistry and their stories were much more intriguing than the rest of the characters. Of course we don’t get to find out much about them.

Rogue One is at it’s best when it finally gets to the part in the story that we came here to see: The Rebels capturing the plans to the Death Star.

I don’t know if this is Gareth Edwards’ fault for not being able to create much depth to the whole story but it does have a similar feel to his Godzilla, where the it seems like it should all be there but ultimately leaves almost no impression on the audience.

God Bless America

R.I.P. Carrie Fischer

 

Horns (2013)

Directed By – Alexandre Aja

Screenplay By – Keith Bunin

Cinematography By – Frederick Elmes

Starring Daniel Radcliffe

120 min.

I understand the criticisms of Horns but it was kind of exactly what I wanted. It’s not perfect by any means but if you’re looking for an absurdist movie about a man convicted of killing his girlfriend who grows devil horns from his head and then people of the town start telling him their deepest secrets and feelings than that’s exactly what you’re going to get. Radcliffe does a spotty American accent and every so often you’ll get a moment of awkward acting from all the cast members somewhere along the line, but overall Horns is fun fantasy-fare.

Worth a watch if you’re into these kind of stories.

God Bless America