Rogue One Review

rogue-one-posterAs the release of this movie grew closer, my level of skepticism kept rising.  I liked the premise of the movie.  The thought of following a group of spies around the Star Wars universe interested me.  It is something that had not really been shown before.  Yes, I am certain there is probably some expanded universe stuff with this view point, but nothing that the wider audience had been shown.

With the last trailer shown, my skepticism grew more. This was the trailer that revealed that Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) was the daughter of Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), the man that designed the Death Star.  Instantly, this plot point worried me.  I wanted to see a movie about spies being spies, and trying to steal secret information.  Not a movie about a daughter trying to find and/or redeem her father.  I was worried that Disney, presented with an opportunity to give us a different type of Star Wars movie, would play it safe in the end.

In the end, we did end up with some type of spy/war movie set in the Star Wars universe that I’m fairly certain I liked, but not entirely sure it did as much as it could have.  Spoilers follow.  (more…)

Podicus Wrecks #20 – How We Want Stories to Start

In this episode, we discuss what we look for when we start a story, be a book, television, comic, or movie series. We specifically discuss the recently released Hawkeye #1, having Anthony take a look at it since he has never read a Hawkeye comic before and has no idea who Kate Bishop is.  We also do a little bit of year end wrap up, and something we’re looking forward to in 2017.

Transformers: The Last Knight trailer

Transformers: The Last Knight is Michael Bay’s fifth Transformers movie.  I will admit to finding half of the previous ones to at least be somewhat enjoyable.  Not exactly good, but easily watchable.  I don’t know how I feel about this one.  I expect that this movie again will focus far too much on humans, and not enough on Transformers because that is what the others have done.  Teasing Unicron and a betrayal by Optimus Prime isn’t enough to draw my interest when you also focus on the humans overcoming the attacks and fighting back.  At this moment, I doubt that this will be a theater view for me.