Sunday, December 18, 2016

Two For One Grouch Movie Review!

This past Thursday the Missus, Young Son, and I rendezvoused at a theater in the valley to see the new Star Wars movie "Rogue One".  As Snoopy often wrote "It was a dark and stormy night" - literally.  Los Angeles was in the grip of a very infrequent heavy storm of cold wind, driving rain, and gridlocked traffic but we all made it in one piece to the theater.

If you haven't seen the original Star Wars movie, this one will only give you 75% effort as it ties into that movie.  If you have seen it, you are in for a grand ride.


The main character in this movie was a spear carrier in the original.  What's a spear carrier?  That's the person in the ranks, the anonymous soldier who doesn't get the medal and who doesn't make it to the history books like the general or the princess but has a story all of their own.

This movie cleverly extracts bits and pieces of the original movie, fits them into this spear carrier's story and shows just how the faceless troops in the backround actually help win the war.

This movie was 10 time better than last season's Star Wars movie and 10 times less sappy.  Gritty is the word that comes to mind for this one.   

If you are at all a Star Wars fan, treat yourself and see this one.  Then we can discuss it.

I'll give this one 4 stars out of 4.

Next up:  La-La land.  A modern musical about a man and a woman living in Los Angeles who want to be true to their dreams, who meet not so cute but keep running into each other until they realize that they are falling in love.  But those pesky dreams keep getting in the way...

I loved this movie, just loved it.  I loved the scenes of Los Angeles, the cast, the songs, the dancing.  I loved the story.  I so wanted this couple to get it all: fame, fortune, love.  But real life isn't like that, is it?  

Did I say that I liked this movie yet?   4 stars.

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