Rogue One (2016)
Reviewer: Autar Kaw
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Running Time: 133 minutes
It was good to go and see Rogue One during the preview showing as fellow nerds, young and old, were there and laughing at jokes which only we could get. Rogue One is the “filler movie” before the eighth episode shows up in all its glory in 2017.
The movie is not a Star Wars extravaganza as it is a spin-off, but without saying too much, it fits very well in the series puzzle in the beginning and at the end of the movie. It took a while to figure out what was going on at the beginning of the movie but it compensates for with its climactic war that seems to go on forever. The war is filmed in daylight and hence the attention to detail does not go unnoticed.
You will be pleased with a few cameos from the franchise, some so short that you will have to forego blinking, while others are main characters in the film. The droid has the best lines and he will make you chuckle at your own responses.
I am hoping that Disney will not treat the franchise like the “goose who lays the golden egg” but I am not sure as every year in the near future we will see a spin-off or an episode. I do not blame Disney as a $4 billion deal is quite a sum to recoup.