Here at Cinema Soapbox, we strive to make our movie reviews consistent, consistently good, and for them to be applicable to our readers. Every movie review will have the same five questions answered.
This week in Movie Review Theater, we will be answering your questions on Rogue One
Did you make it until the end of the movie? I did and the level of excitement and action throughout this movie is what sets this movie apart from the other Star Wars titles. This is essentially a war movie and one that doesn't necessarily have a happy ending......depends on how you view the big picture of this universe. The title of this movie speaks volumes for what it is...a story in the Star Wars universe and that is what the studio is selling more than anything else. Nostalgia.
There are some familiar faces in this movie, but one of those familiar faces is Peter Cushing reprising his role of Grand Moff Tarkin. If you are younger than 30, you probably saw him and thought he did an excellent job. I could not escape the fact that Peter Cushing has been dead since 1994 and his entire role was created through CGI. It felt like we were messing with some sorcery that should be left alone, or the less dramatic version of, I made me feel uneasy to see someone I know was dead. They did an excellent job of CGI for him and his performance, but it took me out of the movie because of the size of his role. I was incapable of separating the two and every time he was on screen I saw a recreation of a dead man. I don't know what kind of thread this pulls on in Hollywood, but if we are going to continue this, then I would like a new Tupac movie immediately and please go back and replace Kevin James with Chris Farley in every single movie. Thanks.
Would you be embarrassed to see this with your mom? Not at all, and she would know how Peter Cushing is, so I would like to see her reaction to it. I've talked to others that didn't have the same issue with CGI Cushing that I did, so I'd like to hear her perspective. Surely I am not the only person that didn't care for it.
What drink would pair best with this movie? A nice cool glass of blue milk.
If you replaced the main actor with one of his/her contemporaries, would it be better or worse? If you believe Hollywood this year, and most years, the only two actresses that matter are Jessica Chastain and Amy Adams. Felicity Jones is a terrific actress, who has already turned in good performances in The Theory of Everything and one of the few bright spots in True Story. She is an Oscar nominated actress, but is still being treated as someone who is bursting onto the scene. That is just not true and she really shines in the role of Jyn Erso and, like all the other Star Wars movies, she is good as part of the entire ensemble. The casting of Rogue One is very good and the supporting characters make the movie more enjoyable. K-2SO is voiced by the terrific character actor Alan Tudyk, who provides some much needed comic relief. He stole the majority of the scenes he was in. The rest of the cast was surprisingly (in a great way) diverse and worked perfectly. The casting is the best part of this movie.
If you see this movie on cable 3 months from now, do you stop to watch it? After an initial viewing, I liked The Force Awakens more than Rogue One, but what Rogue One has going for it is the ability that I'll have in a few months to watch it and then pick up essentially 10 minutes later in the story when I start A New Hope. This seems more like an 30 years overdue explanation to how the Death Star was destroyed so easily, but done in a fun way.
Don't get me wrong, I loved this movie and I will spend all of the time in the Star Wars world that I can, but this isn't a Star Wars movie and outside of some familiar names and a few cameos by old characters, this is a story being told in that universe. That works though and I'll gladly shell out money every time the studio wants to offer this world up to me, but I'm curious where this will eventually stand. How many people will feel the need to revisit this movie after seeing it a few times on cable. Star Wars is very much about trilogies, so what do we do with a one off? I'm curious to answer this question myself in a few months, because I've watched Force Awakens over and over on cable.
Overall Rating: 9 out of 10 stars
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