Finally, it's here: Rogue One. The latest film in the Star Wars saga launches this week, and the general consensus so far is that the spin-off hasn't hurt the Star Wars franchise one bit.
Not everyone is in universal agreement about that, though. The New Yorker, for instance, thought it was so awful that it might even be time to abandon the Star Wars franchise entirely. But there's just one thing about their take that might just be a bridge too far.
I don't want to get into the business of slagging off other people's reviews, especially since I haven't seen Rogue One yet. I'll see that probably later next week (good luck to me surviving the spoilers in this business). But while there were plenty of choice passages in the New Yorker's 1000 or so words about the latest Star Wars entry, I just couldn't let this one go.
There’s none of the Shakespearean space politics, enticingly florid dialogue, or experiential thrills of the best of George Lucas’s "Star Wars" entries ("Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith").
I mean, Rogue One might not be the second coming. But Revenge of the Sith? Attack of the Clones? That's the best the Star Wars films have to offer?
Yeah, no mate.