XMAS 2016: How Do I Do It All In One Night? Page 05

December 28th, 2016, 7:00 pm

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Reply NtKGar, December 29th, 2016, 1:55 am

So Rogue One isn't bad. I didn't enjoy it as much as The Force Awakens but there are some cool characters and the whole thing leads to a freaking awesome scene of Darth Vader absolutely slaughtering his way through a corridor full of rebels. It actually leaves off mere moments before the beginning of A New Hope

This is one where the beginning's a bit slow but I really liked the ending, it could have done with two or three fewer characters and it ties up all its threads so neatly that Episode IV already tells you everything you need to know, but that's actually kind of a decent achievement in its own right. I didn't find Jyn as likeable as Rey, but once they're on the main mission to get the Death Star plans you've got a classic multi-tier heist/battle sequence in the very best tradition of the series. We left the theater going "yeah that was pretty good".

I'm told it benefits from a second viewing and liked it enough that I'm considering the experiment.

As an aside, Dad was impressed they were able to get Peter Cushing back, but said he looks terrible. Said he looked about a hundred years old but enjoyed the performance. So congratulations Industrial Light and Magic, my Dad was genuinely surprised when I told him Peter Cushing's been dead for twenty years.

Young Princess Leia's only on screen for a couple of seconds, but she slams face-first into the uncanny valley. I think her appearance is important to the story and wouldn't take it out (I understand there are differences of opinion on this) but if we get an adventure with young princess Leia down the line (and she's at least as interesting a character as Han Solo) then that scene should be re-shot with the new actress. I understand Millie Bobby Brown is interested in the role and Carrie Fisher liked the comparison.

Disney's probably got someone writing it right now. They've been making a lot of really good female-protagonist films lately, and Leia's explicitly an intelligence agent for the Rebellion with ties to the Galactic Senate so I'd trust the shit out of them with that story. It even makes sense to have R2D2 and C3PO along for the whole damn thing so I actually would be surprised if it's not already in development.

If it's not I call First Pitchsies! December 29th 2016, 08:21GMT!

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