After The Force Awakens and this, they could make Star Wars movies every year for the rest of my life and I’ll be in the theater opening weekend for all of them.
For those that don’t know, Rogue One is the first standalone, non-trilogy Star Wars movie. This is very important to know going in. This is NOT Episode 8. So if you go in expecting to see the further adventures of Rey, Finn, and the Skywalkers, you’ll be disappointed. However you will not be disappointed if you go in expecting a great depiction of how the plans to the Death Star were acquired prior to the original Star Wars movie.
This movie is just flat out fantastic. It is far different than the other Star Wars movies, particularly in terms of tone. It’s a very dark movie. Ironically it’s also probably the funniest Star Wars movie. Weird combination, yes, but I promise it works. All of the humor is really well done and in the perfect moments. This is also one of the first times there is actually war in a Star Wars movie. There are some huge battles that are really well done and reminiscent of actual war movies. The last third of this movie is some of the best movie making I’ve ever seen. It’s intense, emotional, and extremely entertaining. All of the actors all did a good job and it is well directed. The movie ends in about the most perfect way it could. It is a spot on depiction of the story alluded to in A New Hope.
Like any movie, it isn’t without it’s flaws. The first 30 minutes feels a bit choppy. Darth Vader, one of the best movie villains of all time, is in the movie very little, which feels like a wasted opportunity. Felicity Jones does a fine job as Jyn Erso but neither her or her character are as strong as what we just got with Daisy Ridley’s Rey in Episode 7. The movie also makes some interesting choices that I won’t spoil here. Some I liked and others I didn’t.
Regardless, this is a movie everyone who has any Star Wars interest at all should see as soon as they can. I think even a non-fan can find a lot to like about this movie. It gets better the more I think about it. I can’t wait to watch it again. Rogue One gets a 5/5.
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