Movie Review: “Rogue One – A Star Wars Story” –  spoilers at the end

The biggest question on my mind was, how will this fit with the Saga films? Prior to Rogue One, we have had 7 installments in the Skywalker saga, and with Rogue One being a stand alone piece, how would it fit? In a word, perfectly. Rogue One fits so perfectly into the Star Wars world that to describe how perfectly would actually be a spoiler in itself.

Without spoiling too much, the positives for me were the characters themselves, just coming together and becoming a family of rogues, definitely Rebels, but somewhat outsiders with the Alliance. Jyn Erso is an interesting protagonist who leads the plot, but isn’t the only focus, and a complete world is built around her and Captain Cassian Andor. By far the characters who stole the show for mewere the reprogrammed K2SO and Donnie Yen’s force sensetive but not a Jedi, Chirrut Îmwe. Other characters Baze and Bodhi round out the main protagonists nicely. Villain eise, Orson Krennic comes off smart, a little bit naïve, but also as an opportunist, always looking to force his way up the ladder. The narrative also addresses a huge plot point from Episode IV that fans have been debating and discussing for years. Well, it’s now settled (you’ll understand when you see it). My biggest bonus, was the very last Darth Vader scene. We often heard how much of a bad ass mofo he was, but this time, we really got to see it. And wow, was it incredible.

Other areas I need to critique, there were a few uses of CGI (two in particular) which were a very good effort at bringing certain characters to life, but as with most CGI, the uncanny valley hits, and though the CGI is 95% there, that last 5% can be a bit jarring and off. Also, apart from Jyn and Cassian, I would have liked a bit more back story on our other 3 rogues.

Overall, it was a great addition to the world that is the Star Wars post Disney Canon. Would definitely (and probably soon) watch it again.

Minor Spoilers below:

The CGI used on Tarkin and Leia was great, and as I said, 95% there. While I was taken out a bit, at the end of the day, seeing Peter Cushing standing there and interacting with the other characters was amazing. And it made sense to have a young Princess Leia on the Tantive IV.

The Alliance scenes were cool, especially a young Mon Mothma and Bail Organa, a throw away line referencing Obi Wan Kenobi, and pf course in the finale, the return of Red Leader and Gold Leader from 1977’s A New Hope with some reused footage.

Finally, Darth Vader, the scene where he is just cutting up Rebels at the end, amazing!! And how that scene leads directly into the opening of A New Hope, also amazing!!

Ok, now go watch it!!

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