Rogue One (2016) – Ace Mini-Review

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed
Written by: Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy, John Knoll, Gary Whitta
Directed by: Gareth Edwards
U.K./U.S.A., 2016

How good is this movie?

The latest Star Wars film has a great premise, an interesting story, and a good visual style. Yet, oddly, it failed to grab me the way The Force Awakens did. The directing is clumsy, the actors frequently seem over- or under-invested in their parts, and, while I appreciate the attempts at whimsy, it’s often more annoying than funny. I struggled to get into it until the last half hour, when it turns into a fun, forgettable action movie. It’s worth seeing at least once, and worth seeing on the big screen, but it’s not going to become a classic.

How ace is this movie?

Apart from the married relationship of Jyn’s parents and a few ambiguous vibes between her and Cassian, sex and romance are completely absent from this movie. Instead, devotion to a cause and a willingness to give your life for it are the emotional heart of the story.

3 Stars; 3 Aces

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