No less than three people discussed the ending of Rogue One in front of me in the week after the movie came out. So between that and the film’s lukewarm reviews, I kind of just figured I’d wait for it to start streaming on Netflix.
Now that the movie is finally available, I’m glad I waited. Rogue One has a lot of cool ideas about how to build out the Star Wars universe, but it falls short in the one way that matters most: building fun, interesting characters.
For the most part, the film pretty much just ignores that. And I get the impression that Disney knows this and tried to fix it before the film came out.
If you look through stories about the film’s extensive reshoots, you get the sense that most of what was added was new introductions to build out each character a little bit more. It’s puzzling to me that these kind of intros wouldn’t have been there from the start. And as you’d expect, the tacked-on introductions don’t really go far enough to explore who these people are, what matters to them, and why we’d want to spend time with them.
So when you do get to that surprising ending, it doesn’t really feel like that big of a deal. What are these people to you anyway?
Check out nine trailers from this week below.
Warner Bros. put out a new trailer for It this week. And while the last one focused more on setting up the small-town vibe and very ‘80s-style adventure, this one is all about how creepy and scary it’s going to be. Also, lots and lots of clowns. It comes out September 8th.
George Clooney directs this dark comedy about mobsters making a mess of a seemingly idyllic 1950s neighborhood. The film is written by the Coen brothers and features all kinds of Coen-y actors, including Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac. It basically looks like a Coen brothers’ film: occasionally dark, with lots of over-the-top characters, and somebody getting punched in the face. Is it weird to soundtrack this with a rap from Run the Jewels? I’m…