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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review

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The 8th in the Franchise

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a 2016 space epic directed by Gareth Edwards. The screenplay is by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. It is the first installment in the Star Wars anthology series, and the eighth overall film. It is set just before the events of A New Hope, and follows a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker.

The Plot

Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and daughter, Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when Orson Krennic takes him away from his family. Years later, Galen becomes the Empire's lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, Jyn joins forces with the Rebel Alliance to steal the space station's plans.

Rogue One is a movie I couldn't wait to see. I was so excited for this film. I saw it, and I'm happy to say this is one of the best films in the entire Star Wars universe.

The cast and acting were fantastic. The story's great. The CGI is right where you would expect it to be. This film gives probably one of the best scenes in any Star Wars movie.

There's Darth Vader being Darth Vader. Could it have been anything less than awesome?

The Cast

The cast was perfect. All the actors did a great job. The one negative I had about the acting was Forest Whitaker. He wasn't bad, in fact, he was amazing. His acting was so good it stuck out. Everybody gave it 100%, but he gave it 200%. In some of his scenes, especially the ones where he's not alone, it seems to take all the attention, but other than an Oscar winner giving an Oscar-worthy performance the acting department is fantastic.

I loved the characters. My favorite was the blind monk Chirrut Imwe. Most of the characters are good enough to be memorable.

The one problem I had was other than Jyn, no character gets major development. This would have been the death of most films, but these characters, for the most part, are interesting enough to watch.

We learn very small things about the characters throughout the film, but we never get a full back story (unless you court Cassian).

I would have loved to learn more about these characters, but even though we don't we still feel everything we're meant to by the end of the film.

The plot revolves around the Death Star. Galen Erso is Jyn's father. He is taken by the Empire, and becomes the Death Star's head engineer. He sends a message with an imperial pilot. The message has the secret to destroying the Death Star.

I loved the plot. It really brings you back to the original trilogy.

The story takes place right before the events of A New Hope, so it can be predictable. However, they embrace it in a way that makes it okay. We know the story, so in a way, they treated it more like a legend. They didn't try to throw anything at us that we didn't already know. They embraced it, and in doing so told a unique and engaging story.

The Effects

I thought the CGI was great, but in certain scenes, it did look a little rough around the edges. In particular, the transitional scenes in space looked a little outdated. I think this was on purpose, to show the illusion that it's a prequel, but it did look a little old.

Everything else looked fantastic. Especially Alderaan. The entire end sequence was beautiful.

A Must-See

This is one of the best Star Wars films in the entire series. It's in my top three or four.

They didn't try to tell a completely original story, instead, they build on the original. The characters weren't fully developed by the end, but you can't help but love most of them.

I loved the fact that the film didn't revolve around Darth Vader. I love that they didn't try to sneak in part of a Vader origin story. However, Darth Vader had arguably the best scene in the entire film.

The CGI, while at times does look a little outdated is great.

This is a film driven by an amazing plot. It brings you back to the original trilogy, and the classic Star Wars style.

This is one of the best Star Wars films to date.

© 2018 Royce Proctor Jr