The magic of subtitles, although I didn't notice him being incomprehensible. I had more trouble reading Felicity Jones' face. She has a weird mouth that makes it hard to tell if she's being neutral or making a very subtle smile. This movie should win an Oscar for most actors with speech impediment, though. Mads, the blind guy and Krennic all have a slurred way of speaking. Hearing the blind guy repeating his mantra was a bit awkward at times.
Anyway, thoughts on the movie:
I surprisingly liked it quite a bit. Much more than TFA. It was more or less the Star War
movie I've always wanted. No boring Jedi to be found. The battle scenes were very well done with smooth cuts between air and land battles. I was
slightly shocked about how violent it was. It was kind of neat but also kind of weird. What I enjoyed the most about it was the world-building. Seeing the actual effects of the Empire on people's everyday lives. In the originals we never really got to see why the people hate the Empire so much.
I didn't care for the main cast too much but I guess they were alright. But why did they make the point that Cassian doesn't have "the face of a killer" and couldn't take Galen's life, even though earlier we saw him shoot his informant or whoever in cold blood only to ensure his own escape. A weird way to introduce a character, who's supposedly not a killer. Unless it was supposed to be a character arch. A very, very
poorly built character arch. And why did Saw Gerrera say that the glob creature would drive the pilot (Bothba? Buddha?) insane, when he was just in shock for awhile? Was he trying to scare him? Why was the scene in the movie anyway? Maybe all this was the reshoots' doing, who knows? I also found Gerrera's sacrifice for nothing a bit odd. Aaanyway, I wasn't too fond of the Y2K robot, either. They were trying too much to make him funny. I feel had they made his behavior more robotic, his dry sarcasm would have worked better.
And speaking of robots, let's talk forced cameos! The obvious first prize going to R2-D2 and C-3P0! Their two seconds was completely pointless and felt way out of place. The same goes for Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba, even though not as bad. (DId Ponda have that much beard before?) I appreciated the more subtle nods, such as "calling General Syndulla", or Bail Organa giving Antilles the mission to find Obi-Wan. Leia at least had a little purpose but seeing her was a little corny and could have been done in a more elegant way. Overall, computer Leia and Tarkin were surprisingly convincing, although some movements looked a teeny bit fake. The fan pandering was my biggest problem with the movie. I for one didn't care for Vader's carnage in the end. It took away from his cool. Vader isn't one to waste his time on a few petty rebels. He'd let his troopers take care of it. Even in the Death Star battle he didn't step in until he felt a thing in the Force. And the pun was lame. Vader doesn't have a sense of humor. Oh, and lava castle. Eh heh. Not only was it silly but I should also point out how impractical it is for the Emperor's right hand to have a base in the Outer Rim of the galaxy
. Even with hyperspace it still seems to take awhile to get around, from what we've seen in the other movies. Oh, well at least the tower wasn't this: