Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review
Rogue One A Star Wars Story. Image from Lucasfilm.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the film I wanted to see May 19, 1999.

I am not ashamed to admit I am one of those people who literally teared up when the opening crawl began. I had never been so excited for a film release in my life; A new Stars film! As the end credits rolled, however, I wanted to cry for completely different reasons.

Rogue One takes place in the immediate lead-up to the events of Star Wars Episode IV. It focuses on the Rebel Alliance discovering the Empire’s plans for the Death Star and stealing the plans to look for a way to destroy it.

Incredible Visuals

The visuals in Rogue One are beautiful. The action sequences are nothing short of amazing. This film will need multiple viewings to catch everything.

Sure, it is fantastical but like other great war films, you feel like you are in the middle of an intergalactic war. With Rogue One, you truly are in the trenches with the Rebels. It has a gritty, realistic vibe.

Many debate the ethics of the inclusion of a CGI version of Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin, but honestly, who else could have played Tarkin but Cushing himself. Obviously, it is animated, but only because we know Cushing is not around to play Tarkin. I found it distracting but only because of how astounding the character looked. My mouth agape, “Wow,” was all I could muster.


Attack of the Extras

Wars are not one by generals; it is the fighters who truly win the war.

Rogue One has its leads of course, but it feels as though extras stepped up in the absence of a star. It is more true-to-life than say, following same half dozen people across the universe.

All of the members of the cast are strong, but K-2SO is the standout. Like his fellow droid C-3PO, he is prone to interject with troublesome statistics. Unlike his golden brethren, however, he is more than willing to intervene when it comes to battle. Alan Tudyk plays him to perfection.

The film introduces a number of new faces so it is difficult to expand on their backgrounds without slowing down the film. Having said that, it would have been interesting to hear more about the motivations of Bodhi—the cargo pilot whose betrayal of the Empire set forth the story.

Final Thoughts Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One does more in one film to expand on A New Hope’s backstory than all three of the original prequels. It restores Vader to badass—no ludicrous “Nooooooooooooo!” here. This is the story that should have been told 6,422 days ago.

To me, no other film franchise is as emotionally stirring as Star Wars and I know I am not the only one. I remember cheering when the Death Star was destroyed—literally cheering—with hundreds of other people in the theatre in 1997. I knew it was going to happen, everyone else knew, but it still felt new and exciting.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has restored my joy in the Star Wars universe.


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