ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
(director: Gareth Edwards ; screenwriters: Chris Weitz/Tony Gilroy/story by John Knoll, Gary Whitta/based on characters created by George Lucas; cinematographer: Greig Fraser; editors: John Gilroy/Colin Goudie/Jabez Olssen; music: Michael Giacchino; cast: Jiang Wen (Baze Malbus), Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Mads Mikkelsen (Galen), Diego Luna (Cassian Andor), Ben Mendelsohn (Orson Krennic), Donnie Yen (Chirrut Îmwe, blind swordsman), Alan Tudyk (K-2SO), Riz Ahmed (Bodhi Rook), Jimmy Smits (Bail Organa), James Earl Jones (Voice of Darth Vader), Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera), Valene Kane (Lyra Erso); Runtime: 133; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel; Walt Disney Pictures; 2016)
“Even if it’s not great, it is a quality sci-fi film that won’t disappoint its fan base.“
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Serves as an intro to the 1977 original film and therefore stands alone in the series, as it tells of the events that first unfolded. Gareth Edwards (“Monsters“/”Godzilla”) directs with a penchant for shooting almost non-stop battle scenes. He keeps the franchise looking solid again after it recovered from a series of failures the last time out in 2015 with a welcomed J. J. Abrams episode called “The Force Awakens.” Writers Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy keep the prequel Star Wars friendly, as they ground it with the Star Wars usual mix of humans and droids, loopy juvenile humor, plenty of nostalgia moments, colorful primitive landscapes and a spirited fight between the forces of good and evil. The filmmaker just can’t add wit and inspiration to his list of positives.
REVIEWED ON 12/16/2016 GRADE: B