Directed by Gareth Edwards
Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso
Diego Luna as Cassian Andor
Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe
Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso
Alan Tudyk as K-2SO
Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook
Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus
Mohan's measure ✳
Young immigrants to the West may find the whole Star Wars craze humorous. After all, it is nothing more than spaceships, laser beams, and talking robots.
Those with spiritual inclinations may recognize the mythic elements behind it all, borrowings from the Mahabharata and Ramayana which George Lucas admits he put into the series to serve as inspiration for others.
All of us, however, will have to agree that Rogue One just doesn't make the cut. First of all it is not part of the original Star Wars Universe. It is a rather an attempt at a spin-off which purists, like me, find unnecessary.
Of course, it does feature Ms. Jones; and the talented and charming actress has done great service to her character. But, that is all the movie is worth. The rest is trite remarks, poorly executed one line philosophical quips, and off-chance references to the Force which fail to make it into the main story effectively.
My understanding of the story is blurred by the heavy accents of the costars; but as best as I know a ragtag group of rebels is put together to find their way on to an Imperial Battle-cruiser and retrieve the plans for the Death Star, the very same plans which Princess Leia would eventually send to Obi Wan Kenobi on Tattooine, along with her hologramic image asking for help.
The idea sounds fun, but is presented to us as a dark and tragic story of how this band of heroes sacrifice their own lives such that a stylized flash drive can be delivered to the princess. There is something utterly ridiculous about this, given that the same plans are already sent over electronically earlier in the story.
Also electronic, and not very impressive, are CGI images of the late, great Peter Cushing superimposed onto the live action.
In many ways, this whole thing was an imposition on my weekend.