Never really seems to amount to much unfortunately, but as seems to be a recurring theme for these movies, you watch them for von Sternberg's stylizations (the gorgeous lighting, that one slow push-in down the hallway (that I wish ended on something a little more substantial, but oh well), those classic semi-cross fades (that shot of the "Shanghai" sign...)) and pure injections of Dietrich.
Sherlock, Jr. is pure genius. Sherlock, Jr. is pure cinema. Sherlock, Jr. is artistic and occasionally profound. Sherlock, Jr. is hilarious. Sherlock, Jr. is flabbergasting. Sherlock, Jr. is astonishing. Sherlock, Jr. is brilliant. Sherlock, Jr. is mind-blowing. Buster Keaton is Sherlock, Jr.
Sherlock, Jr. has more "HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!" moments in its 45 minute running time than most 2 hour movies. It's so incredible that not even a distractingly awful score that desperately tried to be part of the action could ruin this viewing. Sherlock, Jr. is a true masterpiece.
Ooooooo I wanted to love Rogue One...
I am actually a really big fan of the 2014 Godzilla and was hoping for Rogue One to have equally great direction with maybe a better screenplay and better characters, because if there is any criticism of the 2014 Godzilla that I can somewhat agree with, it's a lack of both of those. Well unfortunately, Rogue One had way worse direction (aka: an apparent lack of it), and pretty much equal quality screenplay…