Monday, December 19, 2016

#JustaQuickiePlease: Rogue One Review

The fact that Disney would trust such an important stand-alone film with a less than seasoned director is astounding; having that said same director craft one of the best, if not the best, entry in this iconic cinematic legacy is nothing short of miraculous.  Gareth Edwards, of the disastrously bad 2014 Godzilla reboot and fairly good indie creature flick Monsters, creates a visually stunning and masterfully scripted solo prequel that embodies everything that makes the series so loved while impossibly providing a unique, thrilling, and thoroughly engaging story and characters that connect the universe together seamlessly.  In a very short amount of time, Edwards is able to present an ensemble, that although we have a microscopic time to get to know, we almost immediately feel connected to.  Any expected predictability is swiftly eclipsed by a remarkable script and equally inspired performances.  Although partaking in fan familiarity, to compare this to the other films in this family is folly, as this feature truly sets itself apart in tone, sweep, and scope.  Look for some simply incredible CGI work and unused New Hope footage to breathe new life into some beloved heroes and villains alike.  Although, undoubtedly, there may be some anomalies discovered by the most devout disciples, overall, this is what Star Wars was always meant to be, an edge of your seat adventure saga with characters who feel like best friends. Not to mention, we finally get to see the Darth Vader we so richly deserve.  5 out of 5 Kernels: This Force is the with this film and this film is one with the Force!

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