Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
In what everyone is calling Star Wars Episode 3.5, Rogue One is the story of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and how her father, Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelson) was forced into building the planet destroyer on the Death Star. When everyone was thinking Galen was a traitor to the rebel fight, Jyn found out that he deliberately built a fail safe mechanism in his plan so the rebels could destroy the Death Star with ease. In order to do that, they must have the blue prints for the Death Star, and the only way to obtain them is to steal them straight out of the Imperial archives. Having to place faith in the ex-con Jyn, the rebel council rejects this idea so Jyn and her crew must do it alone by going on a rogue mission to save the galaxy by stealing the plans themselves.
I will start off by saying that this movie is a very good film in the Star Wars universe and will definitely entertain from beginning to end, however, I had some disappointments as I watched this film. I didn’t know what the story was about when I went to see it, so when I realized it was about the rebels stealing the plans for the Death Star, I was like “really?” That isn’t to take away from this movie or to dog it in any way. I just thought that this story was going to be an original tale and introduce a new cast of characters that we will see for many movies to come. From a Disney marketing standpoint, this movie doesn’t make sense because this story is designed to be over since Episode 4: A New Hope takes over with Luke and Leia. It would have made more sense to get a new cast with a new story and a new future in the same universe!
Rogue One is well told, well designed and full of beautiful special effects, even if it is of grungy rainy planets at times. The cast is likeable and charming and the amount of comedy throughout the film is welcomed and funny. K-2SO is the funniest character and is nothing like Jar Jar Binks (in case you have heard those rumors). He is noble and a special part of the crew. I can see people liking him like BB-8 from The Force Awakens. I’m not exactly sure what the purpose was for the blind guy and his friend with the flame thrower as they didn’t feel like “Star Wars” characters, but they fit well with the team and didn’t stick out negatively. They are just different.
The action is great for a Star Wars movie and the visuals at the end are really stunning, but it is the new scenes with Darth Vader that are going to have people talking. He is back and, just like Yoda in Episode 2, we get to see Vader wield a light sabre with brute force! James Earl Jones reprises his role as his voice and it is so cool to see new scenes with one of the best villains of all time.
At the end of the day, Rogue One is a great addition to the Star Wars universe as it is more of the same that we have come to love. It is a shame that these characters will only appear in this 1 film, but I hope there are more to come. I know more is coming from the main story with Episode 8, but I want to see more original films that newer generations can call their own. Either way, Rogue One is highly recommended! Co-starring Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker, Jiang Wen, Riz Ahmed, Jimmy Smits, Alistair Petrie, Genevieve O’Reilly, Ben Daniels, Paul Kasey, Stephen Stanton, Ian McElhinney, Fares Fares, Valene Kane, Jonathan Aris and Sharon Duncan-Brewster.
8/10 Stars – Another Star Wars movie, another winner! Great action, story and visuals that will keep people wanting more (even if it’s not from this cast).