Movie Preview: “Rogue One” looks like a leaner, fresher “Star Wars” take

I like the cast I see (Felicity Jones, an interesting actress to hang a picture on, Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyck, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelson) and I see a fresher take — a chamber piece in the “Star Wars” ouevre, in the approach.

This isn’t “Here’s how we won the War,” using the World War II movie analogy (films which inspired Lucas, along with Samurai pictures like “Hidden Fortress”). This is a “We have a mission for you,” like “Where Eagles Dare” or “Guns of Navarone” or “Mosquito Squadron.” High stakes, but not end game stakes.

Check it out. “Rogue One” opens in December.

 

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