Monday, January 2, 2017

Rogue One: a very short review

At their best, the Star Wars movies deliver story-telling in a very old-fashioned way, with emphasis on story, character, and emotion.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is an ideal demonstration of this.

It's a Star Wars movie, so of course there are gadgets and Sci-Fi crutches (androids! faster-than-light-travel! spaceships galore!)

But those elements are just sort of the scenery for a classic story of a group of ragamuffin wanderers who come together in a time of need and figure out how to work together as a team.

Moreover, there's something to the Star Wars style that works particularly well in Rogue One: our heroes are underdogs, scavengers and makers-do, swept up in a crisis not of their own making, trying to make the best decisions they can in situations of great pressure and uncertainty.

You know: life, as it's led.

Oh, and one last thing: if you go, be prepared to shed a tear or two.

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