East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Rogue One


OK, so I went and watched Rogue One (just like everybody else, I guess) and I quite enjoyed it. We went with my brother at the Lux Cinema in Nizza Monferrato, braving the fog and the cold, and came away quite happy with our decision.
It’s a pity the Italian dubbed version is pretty lame, but all in all a fun way to spend two hours.
And no, I won’t post spoilers1, I hope, and I will not make a series of comparisons and a hit list, to decide whether this is the best film in the franchise, the second best, the third best, or whatever.


I’ll just post a few considerations.

Consideration the first: finally it looks like the Rebel Alliance is really a force to be reckoned with, and the guys really look like they mean business. Which sort of puts the whole original trilogy into perspective. The Rebels are a menace, a serious menace. And the war movie treatment of this film is quite satisfactory.


Consideration the second: on the other hand, Rogue One confirms that the plans and strategical decisions of the Alliance are worthless garbage, and basically what they need is some unlikely outsider to come and solve their problems for them. Back in ’76 it was an old crackpot, a farmer boy and a space bandit, later it was ewoks (my goodness, ewoks!), and now… but it’s OK. It only gives me serious misgivings about what sort of state those bungling talking heads at the top of the Republican hierarchy will ever come up with.


Consideration the third: nice seeing Stormtroopers actually hit something sometimes.

But flippancy apart, this is a good movie, with a good – if predictable – story, a solid cast (Donnie Yen!) and a good fun selection of action set-pieces. And the looks are amazing. Great great great fun.

And yet I realized, sitting in the movie theater last night, that I’m probably getting too old for the Star Wars franchise, and the cameos, walk-on bits, Easter eggs and homages left me cold, even if I got them all right.

  1. but I find this spoilers thing a bit silly, considering the whole thing was spoilered for us back in 1976 already. 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “Rogue One

  1. “Consideration the third: nice seeing Stormtroopers actually hit something sometimes.”
    It was before “Obi-Wan curse”


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