Review: Rogue One, A Star Wars Story

Review: Rogue One, A Star Wars StoryRogue One * by Gareth Edwards
Series: Star Wars #3.5
Also in this series: The Force Awakens *, The Last Jedi
Released by Disney, Lucasfilm on 14 December 2016
Genres: Science Fiction
Length: 2h 14m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Wen Jiang, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen.

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"Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks."

Around this time last year, I watched my first Star Wars movie ever. I had never really been into those movies when I was a kid, but eventually, I decided to give in to the hype. Who knew that a year later, I would be almost first in line for the new movie, Rogue One?

This in-between movie, which takes place a little before A New Hope (1977) finally tells the story of how the rebels got their hands on the plans for the Empire’s newest superweapon, the Death Star. We follow Jyn Erso, whose father is one of the people responsible for the weapon.

Honestly, I had no idea what to expect from this movie. I hadn’t really been that invested in its plot or any of the characters until about a month or so before its release. I knew it would take place before the first Star Wars movie, and other than that I just didn’t really care – I was ready for a new SW movie no matter what.

And I really loved it. The story was great, and it didn’t drag as much as the previous movies, in my opinion, even though it was around the same length as the rest of the series. What also helped, I guess, was that the cast was amazing. All the characters were great and I loved them so much. View Spoiler » I loved that they used mostly unknown actors (for me at least, I only knew Felicity Jones and Forest Whitaker well).

I also loved the subtle references to A New Hope, because of course, that movie would take place a few months after this one. There were some really cool surprises, and maybe even a few references that I completely missed (after all, I’ve only seen ANH once). View Spoiler »

The movie was so full of action, which is something I love so much. There was also still enough time to establish the characters well, and honestly, the characters are the main reason I love this movie so much. I will definitely rewatch this movie as often as I can, and I recommend every Star Wars fan to watch it!

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