Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

PG-13 | 2h 13min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 16 December 2016 (USA)

May the force be with us all. Okay, let’s hope Disney won’t ruin Star Wars franchise. Woohoo, what a relief. I was satisfy that the first movie Disney brought us (Episode 7: The Force Awakens) was inspiring in capturing the essence of original star wars stories. This time, with Rogue One, director Gareth Edwards along with screenplay and story writers told one of the best stories of Star Wars series.

The story was tense and depressing. It offers some of the most notable underlying themes of original star wars such as troubled relationships with fathers; losing him early, searching for him, and finding him, but losing him again. Why?! In Rogue One, Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso, who is the daughter of an empire scientist (Galen Erso), is an orphan who spent most of her childhood not trusting her father and abandoned by Forest Whitaker. That’s a rough life. 

Hope is always the ultimate weapon of rebels to fight and resist against the dark force. This gives them the reason to fight and makes star wars believable even if the odds are overwhelming. Like in first Star Wars movies, rebels find their way out of impossible situations. Their hope always wins.

Disney made good casting to make the movie more fresh with addition of Donnie Yen and Wen Jiang. In his blind Chirrut Imwe role Donnie Yen brings choreographic martial arts style fighting to Star Wars and his strong ability to sense when things go wrong. He is my favorite character in the movie. 

The movie does very good job in connecting to princess Leia and explains how she got the death star plans. The best part is of the film with the appearance of Darth Vader into the final battle scene annihilating everyone along his way to get the death star plan. 

Rogue One was way beyond my expectation. That’s all what I can say about the film. At first, I thought it can’t rival the original Star Wars series, but I was wrong. The characters in the film are quite unique and interesting. The movie gives off a dark and lonely feeling where the main characters are struggling to survive and avoiding to be found by the dark force. I believe the film was better then some of the original Star Wars series. Well, can’t give too much detail of the film.  Will there be Rogue Two? Rogue One  is available on Amazon check out the movie here.

For those who watched Rogue One, what do you guys think?


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