When Disney purchased the rights of Star Wars from George Lucas, they intended to blow up the whole universe and expand on the ‘Skywalker’-story. This year they made good on their promise as Star Wars: Rogue One (or short: Rogue One) is the very first non-Skywalker, Star Wars-backstory.
What this means is that this particular movie doesn’t continue the big saga. It’s a single chapter designed to connect some previously unconnected dots of Star Wars: Episode IV – A new hope. It takes place ahead of the 4th movie in the saga – which was the very first Star Wars movie ever made (can anyone still follow? lol!) – but zooms in on the details that were never mentioned before …
The story of Rogue One is one that you already know. The rebellion steals the plans for the Death Star, in order to study where its weakness lies so they can defeat the empire’s greatest weapon. There is literally nothing else to say about it.
But don’t fret: as simple as the story may be, it makes for a fantastic adventure! The new Star Wars-chapter is crammed to the top with everything you’ve always wanted from a Star Wars-movie. Yet this one is completely different than any other ever made before …
Rogue One doesn’t feature any Jedi nor Sith. There are no big lightsaber fights. There’s no extravaganza use of The Force. This movie is about normal people, it’s about human soldiers going into battle with regular guns and swords. It still feels like a Star Wars-story … but has all the elements of a dirty human war.
Rogue One begins slowly, and that’s perhaps the only downside of the movie. But it’s a necessary thing. This isn’t a sequel and technically, it’s not even a prequel.
It’s a backstory of a greater chapter, but by taking this road: it has to re-introduce a whole batch of new characters. There’s brave human soldiers we haven’t seen before, funny robots that were specifically programmed for this one mission and strange-looking creatures of yet unknown worlds.
Actress Felicity Jones enjoys her outing as female bounty huntress Jyn Erso. She gets help from good-doer Diego Luna, the blind believer and great martial arts-fighter Donnie Yen and Forest Whitaker who breathes life into Saw Gerrera, an old character from the super-awesome TV-show Star Wars – The Clone Wars.
But the best and by far most enjoyable appearance comes from actor Alan Tudyk, though it’s unlikely you’ll ever see him in the flesh. He voices – and does so quite beautifully! – the sarcastic robot K-2SO.
Some of the best lines are spoken by this greyish tin can, and it goes to show C-3PO isn’t the only funny robot in the galaxy!
We also get a delicious throwback to the old times when certain familiar faces await in a cameo-role.
You’re a Star Wars-fan? Then don’t miss this one! It’s yet another masterpiece of uncanny proportions … but unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!
Did you know?
This is the first installment in the Star Wars: Anthology series.
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You’d think that after 7 movies and 2 massive TV-shows, not to mention countless of videogames, the Star Wars-universe is drying up … but nothing could be further from the truth! Disney proves they can just as easily provide a sparkling cannon of extreme beauty.
Though Rogue One may not provide as much diversity as the original movies, it’s still a fabulous tale of wonder from the first frame till the last.
The first half hour, Rogue One may appear a bit slow. This is because the movie takes its sweet time to set up the new characters, carve out the intricate stories as well as provide a detailed tour of the many worlds you’re about to visit. But you’ll do well to remain seated, because after the mark of 30 minutes, a powerful Force of movie entertainment will push you deep within the story with such greatness in storytelling and special effects, if you’re not careful … you might even forget to breathe once or twice!
Don’t miss this one … not if you consider yourself a REAL Star Wars-fan … this Star Wars may be different, but it’s just as much a masterpiece as the others!