Starring Felicity Jones, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelson, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen
Solid. Overly-serious. Anticlimactic.
A rebellious youth, Jin (Jones), teams up with the resistance to steal the Empire’s plans
for the Death Star; set between episodes 3 and 4 of the Star Wars Saga. The character building and diversity of the cast really shines through in the film and makes the first two acts (which are essentially build-up) fly by, but the third act, which was probably 40 or so minutes of straight action, was immensely disappointing to me. I became disinterested at the part that I should have been most engrossed in. It seemed to drag on monotonously as random things blew up. There was no discernible strategy that I could follow and invest in. The combat scenes were uninspired, and the villain could not measure up to Vader (which is to be expected). In fact, the best scenes in the film were Vader’s. The movie was also not imaginative enough. Awe and wonderment were replaced by grit. And the ending, which I don’t want to spoil just in case you’re the one person who likes Star Wars but hasn’t seen it yet, made the film feel too much like the spinoff it is. I thought the filmmakers had done a good job up to that point of letting the film stand on its own. I also don’t like the use of Peter Cushing (who is dead) in CGI form. Apart from being distracting, it was kind of creepy. A good film, but not a great one.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-