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I watched Rogue One on one of the biggest screens in Africa and here's what I thought

2016-12-16 20:01
Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. (Disney)

Cape Town – I was lucky enough to watch the first screening at Nu Metro’s Scene Xtreme cinema at Nu Metro Canal Walk. It is the first ever laser projection cinema in Africa and the biggest screen in the Western Cape (20m wide x 10m high).

I’ll break down the most notable stats about the theatre, what happened when I went to go experience a screening, and whether or not you should watch Rogue One at Scene Xtreme.

Fun facts about the screen, sound system and seats:

The cinema’s sound comes at you from 360 degrees; it’s all around-sound. The screen is ultra-high definition and features laser projection. Scene Xtreme cinemas also feature luxury recliner seating that made me feel super comfy. 

What happened when I went to go experience a screening?

The lovely folks at Nu Metro gave me a VIP experience, complete with snacks and a tour of the incredible projection room. After that we heard all about the awesome stats and then the screening started. I have to say that one thing you should know about Rogue One is that it’s an action film with a violent war theme. 

So there were explosions and surprises galore, which meant that the sound system really came into play in a big way. I felt like I was right there with the protagonists fighting the good fight against the Imperial forces. 

Another thing that made my experience special was the ultra-bright high definition screen. I could see every single detail of hyperspace, the desert type planets, and everything between. In short: I went on a thrill ride and I enjoyed it.

Should you go watch Rogue One?

There’s been a lot of talk about having to be a knowledgeable Star Wars fan to enjoy this movie and I don’t think that is the case. It’s a standalone film. Yes, you will understand some very well done intertextual references if you are a lifelong Star Wars fan, but you really don’t have to get those references to enjoy the film or even understand it. It is a very violent film and not to watch if that triggers you.
All that being said, I do think everyone should watch this film - I loved it.