Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

rogue-oneThe most eagerly anticipated and needed Star Wars story dropped into cinemas at 00.05 this morning.

The cinema was bustling when i arrived, and I expected to have to pick my way to my seat. This was not the case for the 3D showing I had selected, the screen was nicely filled. Perhaps people had chosen the 2D performance instead.

The story was well worked, providing tense drama and humour. The cast was well chosen and unless you’ve been locked in some sort of imperial facility, you’ll know the general gist of what’s to come. In my opinion, this is an important story to tell. It’s set just before episode IV, and they’ve done really well in fleshing out the story into something tangible in the Star Wars universe. We have no mention of some of these characters before or after. This is a really organic story, built from the ground up, and this really pays off. Expect to see Vader (if that’s a spoiler shame on you). The film has a good pace, and about the mission at hand. It also gives us a better insight as to what the empire can do. The death squad troopers are rather odd, but not only the way they look. The AT-AT scenes are rather dramatically thought out.

Introduced some nice characters to the film and just a few cameos by familiar ones. A real treat for the eyes. The drama was built at a steady pace, and did not leave you wanting to see more. Jyn Erso is the heroine (reluctantly) of the piece and she is a classy act to follow. visually spectacular, totally feeling original but bringing much newness to the screen. Sets are a real treat (especially inside the Death Star). It really tries hard to be Star Wars, but it’s not about any Skywalker as it’s lead. By the time you get to see the first glimpse of Vader you’ll already be rooting for the Rebels. Nonetheless, you’ll want to see Vader most menacingly striding across the screen, look out for his last scene and you’ll get the meaning of the word menacing. Fans will also rejoice as James Earl Jones supplies Vader’s voice, I don’t think that’s a surprise.

I really can’t get over Mon Mothma, and in some ways it’s a shame she fell on the cutting room floor from episode III. The blind monk seen in trailers taking out stormtroopers with his stick just brilliant! I rather enjoyed the ground battles play out, couple that with star wars battlefront bringing out Scarif (YouTube game trailer https://youtu.be/J48gd0GZGWk) to coincide with Rogue one, so you actually play out an interesting scenario. This has topped off the year nicely. We await Episode VIII….

Just a smidgen over 2 hours and not a dull moment to be seen. Star Wars has been given new life, and to sound cliché a new hope.

I’ll give this film 5/5 stumps

LEGO – Brick Friday Offers

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Top 9 Star Wars Parodies

To celebrate the release of Robot Chicken Star Wars Episode 3 on July 4th, we have pulled together the top 9 (why is it always top 10?) Star Wars parodies on the web. From Eddie Izzards infamous Death Star canteen scene to Darth, I mean Chad?s foray into Supermarket management, Star Wars always seems ripe for spoofing.

Chad Vader ? Day Shift Manager
Darth Vader?s brother Chad Vader rules his empire, the local grocery store, with an iron fist.


Empire State of Mind

Darth Vader has the Empire on his mind. And he is going to sing about it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fvWgJz6ees&feature=player_embedded

Eddie Izzard ? Death Star Canteen
There must have been a canteen on the death star. With lego people no?

Trooper Coffee Run
3 day journey across the death star?for coffee.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbG3KNpytYQ&feature=player_embedded

Darth Vader Rap
Vader lets everyone in the galaxy know what?s up.

Thumb Wars
The Phantom Cuticle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ7feu-oBIE&feature=related

Injured Stormtrooper
The troops become confused when a trooper is only injured, rather then dead. This has never happened before!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98qmflLdOpI


Robot Chicken Star Wars ? Don?t Tell Vader

The council make it known that Darth Vader does not have the power to strangle.

Star Sports
After star wars came?star sports. May the sports be with you.
http://www.atom.com/funny_videos/sw_star_sports_trailer/?xrs=mrss

SHE’S THE OBI WAN FOR ME

Rach with Dave
Rach with Dave

A mum-of-two found the woo-key to success after penning a critically-acclaimed sci-fi novel – with the help of Star Wars legend Dave Prowse.

Housewife Rachael Kirby, 38, brought a galaxy far, far away a little closer to home with her debut work, ‘Black Gemini‘.

The novel – based ”loosely” on the Star Wars series – is set in a fictional world and follows the lives of General Viper and his lieutenant, Jess.

Since its re-release earlier this month, the 144-page book – the first of a planned trilogy – has won the hearts of readers and critics alike.

But that comes as no surprise given the pedigree of Rachael’s ”literary consultant” and family friend – the ‘godfather’ of science fiction.

Prowse, who played the original Darth Vader, offered ”tips, advice and general assistance” throughout the 13-YEAR writing process, free-of-charge.

According to Rachael, who lives in Solihull, Birmingham, his help was ”absolutely invaluable”.

She said: ”Dave and I have been friends for many years, so he was an obvious point of call when I began writing Black Gemini.

”I discussed all aspects of the book, from its plot to its characters, and he was absolutely invaluable thereafter.

”He did everything free-of-charge, but acted, essentially, as my literary consultant.”

Rachael began writing Black Gemini in 1997 shortly after giving birth to her first son, Daniel.

With a ”deep-rooted” love of sci-fi, she based her book on George Lucas’ 1970s hit series.

She spent the next eight years drafting the story – which is written with a female audience in mind – and the following five years putting in the ”finishing touches”.

But her efforts were made easier thanks to the experience of Prowse, a family friend since the early 1990s.

Rachael, who lives with husband Neil and their second son Ben, 11, said: ”I’ve had a team of amazing – and patient – people around me, and I’ll always be grateful for all they’ve done to help me.”

She is already penning a sequel, and has plans for the third.

”I haven’t asked Dave for his help yet – but I will,” she added.