THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

#197 of this long-ass 2016 movie countdown is Rogue One: a Star Wars Story. And I was pleased I didn't have to know the backstory of eight other Star Wars movies to enjoy this as a stand-alone. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is the daughter of the reluctant designer of the Death Star. He was taken away and her mother killed when she was a small child. She hid away and, years later, she is freed from captivity when an Imperial pilot defects and warns the rebels that there is a ...planet killer - a Death Star almost ready to be unleashed. She accompanies intelligence officer Cassian (Diego Luna) and reprogrammed droid K-2SO (voice of Alan Tudyk) to try and extract him from Imperial captivity. But Cassian has a slightly different mission - exterminate him at all costs. Rogue One is filled with nods to previous SW movies, but nothing that gets in the way here and is a good solid movie. Tudyk is especially pleasing as the droid that was reprogrammed with NO filters. It's like Bender from Futurama was suddenly a Star Wars character! Anyway, the film picks up a full head of steam for the climatic Rebel-Empire showdown. It's almost like a World War II movie with anonymous storm troopers and rebels gunned down or blown up over and over again. Rogue One is the first Star Wars anthology story and it's a good one. One jarring note - despite having died in 1994, Peter Cushing returns as Grand Moff Tarkin through the wonders of VFX and outtakes from his previous work. It's amazingly good.

TLA one-word review:awesome

ROGUE ONE (2016)