Posts Tagged ‘Gareth Edwards’

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Director: Gareth Edwards
Writer: Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy (screenplay by); John Knoll, Gary Whitta (story by)
Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Forrest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen
Release Date: December 16, 2016
Runtime: 2h, 13min
MPAA Rating: PG-13

 

 

 

No Bothans died to bring us this review (or this movie). Just to remind everyone – the famous Mon Mothma line (“Many Bothans died to bring us this information”) comes from Return of the Jedi, and was concerning the second Death Star.

This is going to be a really difficult review to write. Not because I’m on the fence about this movie – I’m not, I loved it – but because it’s hard to say anything about it without giving some serious spoilers away. I will do my best, relaying primarily feelings and impressions, with any direct comments related to those things revealed in the trailers – but if you’ve been avoiding those, don’t read through past the break. I’ll let you know right up front that I’m awarding Rogue One an A-, and would place it in my top three Star Wars films of all time. Click through for my (hopefully) spoiler-free review. At the end, I will have a section of blanked out text (which you can mouse-over to reveal) that will list some of the cool things I noted on my first viewing.
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Director: Gareth Edwards
Writers: Max Borenstein (screenplay), David Callaham (story)
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston
Release Date: May 16, 2014
Runtime: 2 hrs. 3 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG-13

 

 

 

Godzilla has seen numerous iterations since its inception in Toho Studio’s 1954 film of the same name. He is usually seen stomping and roaring his way through urban cityscapes (most often Tokyo), sometimes alone, sometimes fighting other monsters, sometimes the good guy, sometimes the bad – but almost always entertaining. This, the latest American reboot of the franchise (the most recent American production was 1998’s uneven outing with Roland Emmerich at the helm), this Godzilla plays with the same old tropes, but presents things in new and sometimes refreshing ways. It does pay homage to its Japanese roots, beginning the main action at a Japanese nuclear power plant, and involving Dr. Ishiro Serizawa [Ken Watanabe], a specialist in prehistoric cryptids (mythical, but possibly real, animals). This is – and isn’t – you father’s Godzilla.

[Mild spoilers below – click through for my full review]
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