Rogue One

Yup, I saw the latest Star Wars, and I wasn’t very happy about it.

We went to Barbican Cinema on 29th, rubbing our hands with glee because we loved The Star Wars. However, we ended up leaving our seats, shaking our heads disapprovingly.

No, no, no, don’t go there!

I know some critics rave about the film, like it has stepped out towards a different direction, becoming more realistic and gritty, et cetera, et cetera. Yes, the film was gritty. It had chock-full of fight scenes, from fisticuffs to full-brown cosmic explosions, and they were pretty realistic. It was almost too graphic and depressingly realistic, I found though.

Not that I am a squeamish sort – I am happy to watch any film (including violent ones) as long as it has a good plot. Therefore, I am not complaining about the level of violence in the latest Star Wars. I was annoyed because it had lost its innocence which was the hallmark of the original Star Wars films. Like the battle scenes from the film, Flash Gordon, the battle scenes of the original Star Wars were made to look “unrealistic”. It was not because of the lack of budget or special effect technologies but because it was the style of the Star Wars. It was “Fantasy before Sceience”. The Stormtroopers may be knocked off like a bowling pin by a Blaster bazooka by the Rebel and be killed, or vice versa. However, there supposed to be no blood, no guts and certainly no realistic death scene! These realities do not belong to the Star Wars, the epitome of futuristic fantasy. Do they want to remake the series as a futuristic version of Black Hawk Down or Band of Brothers?! You have Starship Troopers for that.

Another thing which disappointed us was the finale of the film. So will we be still fiddling with a satellite dish in the future, huh? While the starships can move from A to B with time warp, will we be still not being able to invent anything better than a satellite dish to send / receive datas? How large it may be, the dish is still a dish. It’s laughable, we thought.

The next instalment will have to be better than this. Otherwise, it will be lambasted by me even more savagely…

9 thoughts on “Rogue One

  1. Thanks for that. I was vaguely thinking of seeing this at the cinema after listening to some of the reviews, but thought, reading between the lines, that maybe it wouldn’t work for me. Despite having strong female characters I guessed it would have too many battle scenes. I suppose the producers are still chasing the ’14 year old boy’ demographic. Honestly, recently, all the fight/battle scenes simply go on too long. Surely, films at their most basic level need a reasonable plot, decent script and some fabulously written characters. Carry on lambasting . . . . .

    • I felt the same way about the fighting scenes. There are already more than enough real bloody fightings in our real world, and I honestly didn’t want my favourite film to be taken over by this depressing realistic treatment. The Star Wars is, for me, a fantasy science-fiction. And the new direction given by Gareth Edwards is totally wrong. The film was cheerless and depressing. No fun characters like Han Solo or Chewbacca showed up except one wisecracking dirty robot. And the film even ditched the famous opening tune! Can you imagine how annoyed I was? I was really really mad…😡😡😡

  2. Oh dear – that sounds incredibly disappointing… particularly for avid Star Wars fans… It’s like if they changed the principle behind James Bond movies.. it wouldn’t work and Star Wars is the same.. So sorry you didn’t enjoy… ahh well – thank goodness it’s weekend! Hope you have a great one to make up for it!! x

      • I hope not too! Or I’ve got a feeling you’ll be on the ‘war path’ and giving him a ‘bop on the nose’ haha! x

      • Oh Wendy, I’m not a Star Wars fanatic but very protective of George Lucas’s Star Wars legacy. If I ever have an opportunity to have a word with Gareth Edwards, I will definitely give him an earful! 💥x

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