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Rogue One Star Wars Story Movie

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Director: Gareth Edwards

Screenplay: Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy, John Knoll, and Gary whitta

MyReviews Rating: 8.1 out of 10

Some thoughts on this movie (no spoilers yet)

In Rogue One Star Wars Story Movie introduces virtually a whole new cast of characters to the star wars universe. Notice I said virtually, this movie does bring up some old characters from the original 3 movies, and yes by original I mean IV (A New Hope), V (The Empire Strikes Back), and VI (Return of the Jedi). In Rogue One you’ll see a return of Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, Mon Mothma, C-3PO, and princess Leia.

Some new characters introduced are Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, K-2SO, Chirrut Îmwe, Baze Malbus, Orson Krennic, and Saw Gerrera. They each have their own role to play in the movie as it progresses, but I won’t spoil those for you just yet.

 

Synopsis (In my words)

This movie in a nut shell is about leaders of the Rebel Alliance trying to find what the “evil” Empire is up to, and thwart it. During this movie they discover the ultimate weapon that can destroy entire planets, and our cast is trying to figure out how to destroy it before its ultimate power can be unleashed on the universe.

There are two factions of the rebellion working towards fighting the Empire, and while both of them inevitably want the same thing in the end it would seem they are slightly working against each other. These two factions are The Rebel Alliance, and a fanatic faction led by Saw Gerrera.

The Rebel Alliance is trying to accomplish their ends through mostly covert means; Meanwhile, Saw is trying a more gorilla warfare tactic with his fanatics, but neither faction is getting as much headway as they would like.

Trying to get more traction the Rebel Alliance recruits Jyn to help them get access to Saw, because they believe he knows the whereabouts to Jyns Father who is an engineer abducted in the beginning of this film for the sole purposes of helping the Empire finish the Deathstar.

My Thoughts before watching the movie

I thought this movie before seeing the previews was going to be a filler movie between Episode VI (Return of the Jedi), and VII (The Force Awakens), and I was glad to have been mistaken. After watching the preview for this movie I soon realized that this was the tie in between Episode III (Revenge of the Sith) and IV (A New Hope).

I enjoyed the fact that even though they used some CJI in to bring back Great Moff Tarken, they also found someone to play the role of Mon Mothma, and were able to bring those characters back to life for this film.

After seeing the preview it was very clear what this movie would be about, and unfortunately that meant that you knew most of the characters were not going to last into the rest of the series. I was always curious how many Bothans really died to get the plans for the Deathstar, but alas the previews didn’t really answer that for me.

My Thoughts on Rogue One (Spoiler Alert)

I loved this movie; However, I did think there could be more aspects to it they could have changed. I believe this movie could have been easily turned into a two part series within this line of movies. I believe they tried to pack too much information into the allowed time for this movie.

Still didn’t learn how many Bothans died for those plans. However, this movie did show how many did die to get those plans to the Rebel Alliance. I can only surmise that the entire ship that broke through the force field was a crew of Bothans. Guess we’ll never really know.

If they would have maybe put a little more into the back story of Galen Erso it would have given the story a little more. Even with little to no back story on Galen this movie was able to give you an idea why he was there, and more specifically why his daughter Jyn was there. I almost think that Saw could have used a movie all to himself.

Why was Saw so fanatical that he was removed from the Rebel Alliance? Why was he such good friends with Galen and his family? These are hard questions that weren’t really answered in the movie. Now of course I’m certain there are fan theories out there to explain this, but this is not the novel based universe that the fan fictions have created.

There were literally NO JEDI’s in this movie, but that fits the time line. As of right now in the timeline the only Jedi in the galaxy is Luke, and he doesn’t even know it yet. Leia does have force powers, but she doesn’t know it either. I think that’s a good thing for this movie.

My favorite character BY FAR in this movie has to be K-2SO, and no that’s not just because I really like the actor voicing the character, but I love the sarcasm of the droid. He is likely the most sarcastic character in all the known star wars universe thus far outside of the novels.

Conclusion

I think they did a great job in going back and sealing the gap between the older movies (episode 4 – 6) and the newer ones (episode 1 – 3) as far as timeline goes. I did not personally watch the animated Star Wars series on any platform, so I’m unsure of how those tie in the old and the new. I really look forward to were they are going to go with these spin off movies they are creating.

I wish in these spin off movies they will tie in all the gaps in the timelines, like were in the hell did Snoke come from! That’s all just wishful thinking at this point, and I won’t hold my breath for it.

As always if you have any comments or concerns with my review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story please feel free to email @ matt@meanderingchef.com, or simply leave a comment below.

Matthew Curtis

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