Rogue One: A (Positive) Review

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Star Wars is one of the most iconic and well known movie franchises in cinematic history, so naturally, when a Star Wars movie comes out, its a pretty big deal. The hype over each teaser, the buildup to the full trailer, the toys and merchandise released giving clues about characters and locations, and everyone abuzz with theories about the movie.

Along with this fanfare surrounding the release of a new Star Wars film comes high, high expectations. Make one similar to the original trilogy, like J.J. Abrams with The Force Awakens, and you’re set. But if you veer too close to the flops of the prequel trilogy, and the critics will slam down on you and point out every mistake.

Fortunately for Star Wars fans everywhere, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story did not disappoint. Action-packed, surprises at every turn, tense war scenes, a strong family bond, an evil overlord, with some familiar characters, droids, and aliens thrown in along the way, Rogue One was very reminiscent of the original trilogy in a good way. Remembering that this is a side story and not part of the Skywalker saga as The Force Awakens was, Rogue One breaks new Star Wars boundaries and genres, as it is definitely more of a war film than a space adventure.

Set before Episode IV, A New Hope, Rogue One chronicles the early Rebellion and how one daring group of rebels managed to get their hands on the plans for the Death Star which are used to later destroy it in A New Hope. The characters are all very well developed with meaningful backstories that make you root for them and hope they’ll find their way throughout the movie.

There is humor sprinkled throughout the film which can provide some comic relief during tense or dark times. The locations, people, aliens, and droids all look very real and fit perfectly into the Star Wars universe. We even are revisited by some familiar characters from the original trilogy that will have fans squealing with delight to see them back on the big screen. The locations and planets also fit in and feel very real and concrete, unlike the over CGI-ed prequels.

The plot is very gripping and exciting, keeping you on the edge of your seat as you feel part of the character’s long and tense adventure. The visual effects are stunning and really show off the beauty of Star Wars. The ending is also very climatic with two well known characters that tie the movie into A New Hope in a very spectacular and exciting way.

The last 20 minutes was probably my favorite part of the film with so much exciting things happening so quickly. I definitely recommend seeing Rogue One whether you’re a die-hard Star Wars fan of just a movie-goer. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a wonderful and fulfilling addition to the Star Wars universe, and it surely doesn’t disappoint.


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Rogue One: A (Positive) Review