Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review *Spoiler Free*
Rogue One, is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta.
Set within the Star Wars universe, it is the first stand-alone film in the anthology series.
The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, with many others and here is a brief synopsis;
In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
The films’ events’ take place between Episode III and IV so it’s sort of – bear with me now – An after prequel before sequel film.
Confused? Not to worry, I’m here for you. You can get acquainted with the Star Wars Anthology timeline from this article – A Beginner’s Guide to the Star Wars Universe
Is The Force Really with Rogue One?
First things first, Rogue One is less of a nostalgia bath than The Force Awakens, last Christmas’s two-billion-grossing franchise-reviver. This is a good thing. Very good in fact.
Gareth manages to take a story that’s already been told and deliver something rather beautiful. Guess what I’m trying to say is Rogue one was a Great film.
True Star Wars followers will rejoice after watching this film. I know I did. This film succeeds in reproducing the aesthetic of the original 1977 film.
A feat I thought to be unachievable – I stand corrected.
This film is surprisingly dark, gritty and grounded. It felt like the Star Wars universe was simply flung into a war drama.
The stakes in this are mind bogglingly high considering this was a Disney film. In fact, I still can’t believe this film comes to us from Disney – It’s that good.
The second and third acts are pretty emotional as well enough to give one the occasional eye watering. Not saying it happened to me but you get the picture.
Rogue One is surprisingly dark, gritty and grounded. It felt like the Star Wars universe was simply flung into a war drama
Darth Vader is AMAZING! In fact, if the sole purpose for going to see Rogue One was to see a force choke and bad-ass reincarnation of the character, then you’ll love this film.
Vader only gets little on screen time but it was worth it. This film manages to deliver a highly threatening antagonist whilst doing justice to the original incarnation.
Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna, Jiang Wen are all brilliant in this film. Jones’ portrayal of Jyn Erso had me develop a genuine emotional attachment to the character.
I genuinely got to care for her. The Droid – K-2so radiates in this film and is arguably my favorite character. His cheesy one liners were a real joy haul up.
Princess Leia’s reanimation had me in awe as well. A well timed and fulfilling shot.
The film was almost great but…
Though the first act felt a little messy and rushed, the second and third acts more than make up for it.
The fact that this film underwent extensive re shooting isn’t the least bit perceptible. Well, save for that mildly rushed first act – This is a slight nitpick nevertheless.
Chirrut Imwe (Yen) and Baze Malbus’ (Wen) character arcs are never expounded upon. We never get to know why these characters are friends to begin with.
They are simply thrown at the screen and it’s like the film expects us to figure it all out.
In fact, this film takes a large amount of time trying to get us acquainted with Erso that it forgets about other supporting characters.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but we never get to care for other characters as a series of unfortunate events that transpire do not leave us gutted. Darth Vader’s limited screen time will also be a major issue for some fans.
In conclusion, with that said, I really enjoyed Rogue One and it was a better film than The Force Awakens. Taking that into consideration, I give this film a 3.5/5
Emmron is an Urban Design student, freelance writer for Newslibre a Game, Film, Music, Science, Technology and Automotive enthusiast.