So I was a guest on Declan Finn’s weekly radio show last night, listen to the two-hour show here, when the subject of Star Wars came up.
I loved the first three movies that were released, 4-6 if you count them in linear time in the Star Wars universe. A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were all great films. Then came the prequels and an incomprehensible level of suck.
So when the seventh film, The Force Awakens, was announced there was hope the franchise would return to its level of glorious science fiction goodness. Of course, SW7 was a cheap knockoff of SW4 that only J.J. Abrams could pull off. (Don’t get me started on the crime he committed on the Star Trek universe)
So when Rogue One was released I didn’t even bother going to the theater to watch it. I waited for it to hit On Demand through my cable provider and yesterday, just before my appearance on Declan’s show, I watched it.
Rogue One was the SW7 we deserved. What a great movie!
I’m not the kind of reviewer that fills his review with spoilers, so let me just leave it like this: It was nice to see the story of those rebels that died getting the Death Star plans to the rebellion so that Luke Skywalker could get his glory shot. It even answers why there was such a fatal flaw in the Death Star to begin with.
And what I liked best about Rogue One was that there wasn’t a happily ever after ending to it. It was the perfect way to end the film.
And the CGI Tarkin was better than expected, even the actor who voiced the character sounded as close to Peter Cushing as possible. There was only a word or two where you could tell it really wasn’t the late actor speaking.
Hopefully Rogue One is a first step to getting the Star Wars franchise back on track. We’ll know soon enough when SW8 is finally released.