“Rogue One: a Star Wars Story” is the “Star Wars” anthology film meant to fill in the gaps between Episode III, the final film of the prequel trilogy, and Episode IV, the first film of the original trilogy, and it has become a box office sensation further confirming that Disney knows what they are doing with the property.
“The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow,” summarizes IMDB before the movie was released. This, coupled with the extensive reshoots that “Rouge One” had over the summer, made many fans worry about the quality of the film. This did not disturb me though because it added an extra mystery to the film that made me want to see it even more.
The movie starts off a little slow deciding to introduce you to all of the characters instead of throwing you right into the action. This may have been my only issue with the film because after it picks up, this is quite an amazing movie.
One of the great things about “Rouge One” are the characters. The story is centered around Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones. Jyn is likable, tough, and kicks some major butt while she is on her mission.
The standout character has to be K-2SO, who is played by Alan Tudyk. K-2 is a reprogrammed Imperial Droid that is the main comedic relief of the movie. Tudyk not only pulls off the sass that the droid possesses but also makes him the character you end up caring about the most.
The new characters aren’t the only ones who stand out because characters you know and love from the original trilogy also make their return. The stand out among the returning characters is of course Darth Vader who does not disappoint. In fact, Darth Vader is the center point of not only the best scene in the movie, but also one of the best scenes in the franchise.
While some of the pacing in the beginning is really slow, the third act of the movie makes up for it in spades with an ending that will make any fan cry. The action in this act of the movie is very similar to the opening of “Saving Private Ryan” where the U.S. troops are storming Normandy beach and getting gunned down one by one, which is definitely a compliment.
Certain scenes involving the Death Star personally left my mouth wide open with the power and raw evil of the Empire. I couldn’t believe what the Empire had done, and I had to sit there for a minute to comprehend what had happened.
Another great thing “Rouge One” does is it brings back shots from “A New Hope” and throws them in to make it feel like it happened right before it. The movie stylistically also feels like “A New Hope,” obviously nicer but still like it.
“Rouge One” also has a darker tone than the other movies being only the third movie in the franchise to earn a PG-13 rating. This works to the movie’s benefit as the creators are allowed to show how much was sacrificed to get to when “A New Hope” starts.
The goal of “Rouge One” (besides making money) was to show that Disney knows what they are doing with the anthology films that they are creating and to get everyone on board for more of them to come. Not only is the film a critical success with an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but a commercial success as well, making $914,373,354 worldwide as of January 9th, according to Box Office Mojo.
I am now 100% on board with the anthology movies and anything else Disney wants to do, so long as Jar-Jar is not involved.
“Rouge One” hits all the right notes. While the pacing might be a little bad sometimes, the characters, action, and many other things lead “Rouge One: a Star Wars Story” to be an overwhelming success. I give it a 9/10 and say it is a must watch for any fan of “Star Wars,” or a fan of action in general.
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