Rogue One Review


Andrew Wood
Staff Writer

I am not the first person to say that I was rather apprehensive about the idea of Disney producing new Star Wars movies, though I must admit I was excited for them as well. My apprehensions jumped into hyperspace and flew straight out the window when I saw The Force Awakens for the first time on opening night. I hadn’t had such a thrilling movie theatre experience in a long time, and re-watched the movie multiple times afterwards. I became very optimistic about the future of Star Wars, and looked forward to seeing the direction the franchise would take.

Disney has decided to produce spin-off films based off certain characters/events in the Star Wars universe. I was worried that Disney would start milking the franchise for all it’s worth. Maybe they are, but after seeing Rogue One, I don’t even mind. Disney can do whatever they like with the franchise, as long as they continue to produce such high quality films. It’s clear that Star Wars has a very bright future.

Rogue One’s tone is much darker than the previous Star Wars films, and clearly draws heavy inspiration from the War Film genre. This is an aspect I respect, as it is a big risk to deviate from the norm. In this case, it definitely worked in the film’s favor, and I hope that Disney continues trying new things.

Rogue One also introduces a cast of main characters who have never been introduced to the general public before. This was another risk which greatly benefited the film. The diverse and talented cast included Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, and many more.

Rogue One is a plot point only mentioned in the originals, now fully developed into its own story that exhibits the sacrifices made by brave rebels who risked their lives to get the plans for the Death Star. What makes this film so special is the dynamics between the characters we meet along the way. I will not get into spoiler territory, but there are certain scenes involving some of the most beloved Star Wars characters and they are enough to make any fanboy scream. Overall, I had a great time watching Rogue One. It’s definitely worth the watch.

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