The over all message was excellent. These people from diverse backgrounds and places through out the Galaxy come together to fight tyranny and have great success.
Blessings today! I hope your day is amazing!
Christmas Eve, Eve, I joined much of my family for dinner and a movie. Specifically, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” I wanted to do a short review. Just a heads up, I might put out a few spoilers here. Ultimately, if you are a follower of the Star Wars Saga, you already know how this movie turns out so there are really no surprises.
The essence of this story is talked about in “Star Wars IV: A New Hope.” For those of you who are not quite Star Wars savvy, that was the very first movie ever made. Near the end of that movie, the Rebel Leader explains the weakness of the Death Star and that “many Bothans died to get this information.” That sums up Rogue One. The people who died getting the Death Star plans.
I know the theaters are raving about the movie. It’s breaking records and so on, but if I were to rate this movie on a Five Star system, it would barely reach about 2 and a half. It was the biggest disappointment of all Star Wars movies I have seen so far. As my son Caleb said, they just didn’t spend enough time on this one, trying too hard to get it out before Christmas.
The first issue I have is that much of the film (at least half of it) is spent in dark, wet places. I kept trying to get my eyes to focus so I could see details. It was impossible and very annoying.
And, don’t expect it to begin as a typical Star Wars movie. The standard opening title sequence is a black hole as it is all missing. The music, the long, fading, written narrative and so on are all gone. Huge disappointment.
Quite frankly, the first part became very boring. I was no the only one in the theater trying to stay awake.
Then the action sequences were filmed/generated way too close and it was difficult to stay with it.
Finally, a point came where the location was well lit and the story became visible. From there, it got better.
The one word I would use to describe the story line is “predictable.” But I knew that would be the case from the start. After all, everyone who has seen the series knows the end results. This movie is here only to answers a few questions. Granted that no one I know personally has asked those questions. Still…
Now, the good parts. The over all message was excellent. These people from diverse backgrounds and places through out the Galaxy come together to fight tyranny and have great success. Of course, they all die in the process. In the end, we see a CGI Princess Leia receive the plans a short time before she loads them into R2D2, an action that takes place right at the beginning of “A New Hope.”
Governor Tarkin is present via CGI. Darth Vader is not voiced by James Earl Jones, but it sounds awesome. And C3PO has a very brief cameo with R2.
I thought of the way the Christian Family/Kingdom of God works. Each person who volunteered for the mission played a part. Their actions created success. Not because they all were good shots or all handled a ship well or all understood programming, but because they each fulfilled a part that someone else could not. I think of the Body of Christ that way. And I’m not alone.
Paul talked about it in 1 Corinthians 12. God uses who He pleases. He chooses people to fill a role. Not everyone is a preacher. Not everyone is a teacher. Not everyone mans the back doors. Not everyone cleans up and vacuums. It’s very much a team effort.
Go see the movie. It’s fun. Don’t expect it to be like a normal Star Wars movie. At all. It’s still worth seeing in the theater if you can. Nonetheless, I still stick to the rating I gave it.