Will this series never end? We've had sequels, prequels and here comes one supposedly off-route from the mainstream saga but every bit as muddled, over-complicated and, frankly, boring as any of the others. I only see them in order to maintain my 100% viewing record (similarly with the 'Star Trek' films, which I find marginally more entertaining than the S.W.s) but it's doing me no favours at all, yet costing money and time. So I think this one may well be the end of the line for me.
I shan't outline the story because I can't. It's very loud and it's hard on the eyes with multiple explosions, flashes and misc effects. (Peter Cushing making a C.G.I. 'resurrection' 22 years after the actor died made me feel distractingly uncomfortable, in a smallish but significant role. Also, a young Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in a 3-second appearance right at the film's end).
Main role goes to Felicity Jones with some quite interesting younger male support, but it's all very formulaic stuff.
And as always, there are the inevitable heroic acts of self-sacrifice, from both humans and robots, to make one feel really 'involved'.
Surprised to find that the director was one Gareth Edwards whose credits include the well-praised (also by me) 'Monsters' of 2011.
This film has got a current very high rating of 8.1 on IMDB. My submission isn't quite that high.....................3.
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