Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) – 4.5/5

More than a Star Wars movie, Rogue One is an unconventional spin-off with no Jedis and new characters all over the board that might take a while to convince its most devoted fans, but surely by the time the movie reaches its conclusion, won’t disappoint anyone at all.

Directing: Gareth Edwards
Cinematography: Greig Fraser
Screenplay: Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy
Editing: John Gilroy, Colin Goudie, Jabez Olssen
Music: Michael Giacchino

Rogue One takes place somewhere between Star Wars episodes III and IV, and in case you are wondering, yes you need to watch at least these episodes to understand this movie. Take it as an emergency pop culture lesson. The movie revolves around Jyn (Felicity Jones) and her father Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), a leading scientist in the construction of the Empire’s most powerful weapon, also known as the Death Star. The Rebellion asks Jyn to look for her father and hopefully, the plans to the Death Star, with the intent of learning more about this powerful weapon. She sets off with Cassian (Diego Luna) and the incredibly witty droid K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) in this unusual Star Wars adventure.

The biggest and only failure in Rogue One is its inability to establish a connection between the characters. The audience is unable to connect to the cast because we know nothing about them. There is really no back story and while the purpose of the adventure is clear, it is impossible to appreciate their relationships. Our main character, Jyn, comes out as the typical cliched child, who has become though and independent due to a harsh life. It has been done and Rogue One does not make any effort to develop the character a little more. On top of this, the acting does not help much since not one character stood out; they were all great together, but nothing more than just good on their own.. Unless we count K-2SO, who is probably the best freaking droid in the Star Wars universe to date.

Aside from the flaws in characterization, Rogue One is one of the best films in the Star Wars saga. It keeps a lighthearted, humorous and adventurous tone throughout the movie, avoiding many of those intense moments of boredom every single Star Wars film is known for. It also makes multiple references to the rest of the Star Wars universe, which will keep the fans entertained and amused. And finally, Rogue One has a conclusion that, if the whole plot had sucked, it would have surely saved the whole movie. That’s how epic the ending to Rogue One is.

The members of the cast may not stand out much on their own, but this is as epic as any other Star Wars film you have seen. By the end of this film fans will appreciate how perfectly this fits into the Star Wars universe, be once again amazed by visual effects and be quite enlightened by this great addition to the Star Wars main story.

Read more about the movie here: Rotten Tomatoes

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