Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Movie Review

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Official Synopsis:

The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.

Review Summary:

It’s safe to say that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was one of if not my most anticipated film of the year. I’ve lived and breathed Star Wars essentially my entire life.

Rogue One features gorgeous action set pieces with incredible CGI, a very tense space battle and exciting ground combat. Good performances from Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Donnie Yen and Riz Ahmed in particular.

K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) and Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen) were my favorite new characters in the film. There’s a lot of great humor with these characters but K-2SO especially is very funny.

The film puts to rest a decades-long complaint against A New Hope in an extremely satisfying way. The aesthetics of the film are also beautiful. The production design is dirty, used-looking and lived in. Wonderful prop creatures as well and a few very cool new ships.

But Rogue One is not perfect. Is this a bad movie? No not at all. But when you love Star Wars as much as I do, the things about the film that didn’t work are going to sting more than usual. I know how great Star Wars can be, and I wanted Rogue One to be great. Believe me. Rogue One is a very fun action film that takes place in the Star Wars universe, with some good humor and beautiful action sequences. It feels more grounded and restrained than other Star Wars films and I liked that it did its own thing and isn’t really comparable to any other film in the franchise. This film certainly shouldn’t be accused of being a copycat. But unfortunately, I found the majority of the characters lacking, the film didn’t utilize Darth Vader, and the lack of any real surprises or revelations was disappointing.

Rogue One has a breathtaking third act, with some truly gorgeous action scenes. Unfortunately, there’s little depth given to any character besides Jyn Erso, making the team disappointingly bland.

(See the above video review for a more in-depth discussion)

Grade: B

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action

Run Time: 133 min

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