Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen.
Director: Gareth Edwards
I suppose that I might as well open by telling you that I found this film less than impressive.
Jyn (Jones) is the daughter of the man who designed the Death Star. Her father (Mikkelsen) is a man of integrity, but he is powerless against the Empire. In his design, he has built a fault so that the Death Star can be taken down by the Rebels. He manages to get a message out about the fault, and Jyn is soon involved in the race to get the plans the Rebels need.
The visuals are amazing, with the battle scenes being a real standout, though there are two rather awkward CGI facial reconstructions. Visually, it’s lovely.
But the performances … The dialogue is so cheesey, and most of the characters are rather unconvincing. Perhaps even wooden. K-2SO, the android who gets some good lines, is delightful, but all these films have the cute robot, it’s not really new.
There’s just something about the whole film that feels like it’s trying really hard, but just doesn’t convince. The feeling just isn’t there. There are not too many plot holes, or things that leap out as being out of character, which is good. The arguments and divisions amongst the Rebel Alliance was new to me, they always seemed so, you know, aligned to me.
I think essentially that if you are a real Star Wars fan, you’ll get a kick out of this film, but for those of us who like Star Wars (I grew up on it) but aren’t huge sci fi fans, there might be something better out there for us.
See It If: this one should please action and sci fi fans, and those of you who love your Star Wars, but it’s not an amazing film.