Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – 4.4/5

Credits:

  • Rating – PG -13

  • Genre – Science Fiction

  • Director – Gareth Edwards

  • Screenplay – Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy

  • Cast – Felicity Jones / Diego Luna / Ben Mendelsohn / Donnie Yen/ Mads Mikkelsen / Alan Tudyk / Riz Ahmed / Jiang Wen / F
    orest Whitaker

  • Distributer – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

  • Release date – December 16th, 2016

Overall Impression:

The story was fantastic and filled in the gaps between Episode III and Episode IV magnificently. I found myself constantly recalling and connecting certain scenes in Episode IV to Rogue One. Even the obvious things like hearing “The Imperial March” or seeing the Alliance military uniform made me sigh with happiness. I would’ve liked to see more relationships formed. In the other Star Wars films we got a chance to be invited into the lives of Hans, Leia and Luke or Padme and Anakin. It would’ve been nice to get that same invitation this time around. Of course, I understand that it’s probably not as important because their personal stories don’t go on, but it would’ve been nice nevertheless.

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Synopsis:

This film begins several years after Episode III and just before Episode IV. Galen Erso (Mikkelsen) must unwillingly leave his family behind to act as chief engineer for the development of an impregnable weapon known as the Death Star. Years later his daughter Jyn Erso (Jones) along with the entire rebel Alliance search for him in the desperate hope of learning how to destroy this weapon. Galen shares the one weakness that can take the Death Star down, setting forces in motion. Jyn and a group of rebel soldiers set out to retrieve the plans from the Empire that will lead to the destruction of the Death Star.

Positives: 

  • The intensity builds right from the beginning, setting the story and tone for action and excitement throughout the rest of the film

  • The roles were executed and embodied wonderfully. Because of the nature of the film and the excitement behind the franchise it’s easy for actors to sometimes do a bit too much with their roles. However, during speeches/ monologues neither Luna nor Jones ever over did their parts.

  • Edwards stayed perfectly in tune with the nostalgic visuals from the original Star Wars films, of course with a more realistic CGI spin to it. The wardrobe, score, sets and colour palette mimicked the originals so well I felt like I was 7 watching New Hope again.

 Negatives:

  • The scenes in between the action scenes were not as profound as previous Star Wars movies in the franchise. I missed the intimacy we saw in the other films.

  • It’s all business with this set of characters, and barely a hint of friendship. In the original movies and even the prequels, I could always sense the fondness they all had for one another.  At the beginning you could tell that they would form meaningful and long-lasting relationships. But the characters in this film all just seem like acquaintances with a common goal, and would probably still remain acquaintances even after everything was over.

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