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A Second Opinion. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Guest Review

www.hypergeeky.comEverything that is wrong with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story can be summed up in one thing.

Well, there are a lot of things wrong with Rogue One: paper-thin characters, a middling pace, a largely forgettable (and, within the mythos, unnecessary) plot.

But the tank – the TX-225w “Occupier” combat assault tank, as Wookiepedia tells me – is the perfect vehicle to address Rogue One’s fundamental problem: a superficial guise and muddled tone.
Because while the film purports to be a gritty war drama – tanks! firefights! no Jedi! – it never fully divorces itself from the character of the rest of the series.

And that has serious repercussions.

Star Wars – despite a misleading title – has never really been about warfare. In the series, wars merely act as backdrop and motivation for the melodramatic blood feuds of space wizards: a former slave is seduced by dark magic and rebels against his mentor (the Prequels); a farmboy learns magic to defeat his fallen father (the Original Trilogy); an orphan scavenger discovers magic and proceeds to beat up some goth kid (The Force Awakens).

The climax of these films usually feature a battle of some kind, yes, but it is the emotionally-charged contest between individuals that form their central focus: Luke vs. Vader (the battle of Yavin), Luke vs. Vader (the occupation of Bespin), Luke vs. Vader vs. Palpatine (the battle of Endor), etc.

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Wreck-It Ralph Review

www.hypergeeky.com“I’m going to wreck it!”

That’s the catchy battle cry that Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) shouts before he starts pounding down on an 8-bit video game roof of an apartment complex.

In reality — or the complex reality of a movie about video game characters whose lives outside of their arcade cabinets don’t necessarily mimic the roles they inhabit during their day jobs — Ralph’s a pretty nice guy, well-meaning yet unhappy to carry the stigma of being his video game’s main villain.

Ostracized by the apartment tenants, Ralph comes to find that a celebration’s being held for Felix, the game’s hero, in honor of the game’s 30th anniversary.

Unwilling to accept what others think of him, Ralph makes a wager and goes on a mission to get his very own medal.

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