Jimmy Blog for the Fahrenheit Record
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the Star Wars film old heads have been waiting for. This stand alone/prequel, takes place prior to events of the first released Star Wars movie in 1977, and has the same spirit as the original trilogy. Although at times the film can seem a bit slow and random, the experience is alive and rich. The Rogue One journey if filled with euphoria, adventure, and discovery that reminiscent of the adventures of four decades ago. There are new characters, and some familiar faces, but the movie leaves no doubt that these new characters breathing the same air as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and all the other traditional Star Wars personalities we’ve grown to love.
The Rogue One actors gave us some of the greatest comedic, inspiring, and dramatic performances of the year. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards put together a wheel spinning plot for Rogue One, with the freedom to experiment. Although the long, scrawling text is missing from the intro, we’re still in a world set “long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away,” In addition, although the film’s score wasn’t produced by John Williams score, new composer Michael Giacchino samples just enough to give us the familiar Star Wars feel. The movie’s main character, Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, is a born rebel that watched the Empire corrupt her scientist father, Galen (Mads Mikkelsen), by forcing him to help build the ultimate lethal weapon, the Death Star. Jyn’s mission impossible is to steal the plans for the massive planet-destroyer and foil the villainous Imperial special weapons director Orson Krennic, played by the great Ben Mendelsohn with the most delicious shades of fright and fun this side of Christoph Waltz.
To pull off the greatest upset the galaxy has ever known, Jyn needs help. She gets it from her mentor Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) and a dashing insurgent, Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). The rebel alliance also includes scene-stealing Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe, a blind warrior monk, and Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook, a nutjob Imperial pilot now siding with the rebels. Best of all is Alan Tudyk as the voice of K-2S0 (Kaytoo to his masters), a security droid with a mouth on him. The ‘bot’s unasked-for statistical analyses of every war strategy is daunting and, OK, hilarious. “There’s a 84 percent chance we’ll all be killed,” the droid announces lightly.
The action is beautiful, gritty, and artistic. From X-wing dogfights to slow motion battle scenes, Edwards makes you feel as if you’re part of the rebel alliance, outnumbered by the vast Empire, run by Krennic and Vader. Rogue One actually gets better as it goes along, with a powerful final leg of the movie.
As a result of story building, we care deeply about the characters, especially the female warrior leading the cast and crew. Rogue One proves itself a Star Wars story worth telling. It’s hard not to get choked up with that blind monk when he chants, “I’m with the Force and the Force is with me.”
An unexpected result of Star Wars Rogue One’s success is spawning parody videos. One of the most popular Rogue One parody videos is simply called “Star Wars Rogue One Parody Funny Song”. The hilarious parody includes concepts from Star Wars Episode Three, and Rogue One. The video follows the lead character, Man In Cloak (First Degree The D.E.), down his path to ultimate power, which now includes killing younglings. This creates a moral delimma for him. The video, which was created by Sacramento hip hop artist First Degree The D.E., includes the single, “I Don’t Want To Kill Younglings”, found on the album, Funny Rap. The song was produced by Phonk Beta. The video, Star Wars Rogue One Song Funny, can be found on Youtube.
The force is strong with Star Wars Rogue One and its parody video, “Star Wars Rogue One Parody Funny Song”.