Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Full Review (No Spoiler)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is far from a cash-grab under the guise of an anthology film. It masterfully tells a story which really did need telling, while capturing the classic Star Wars aura to make you feel like a kid again watching A New Hope. In no way does this film detract from its sequel. In-fact, it only bolsters Episode IV. I'd actually recommend watching this film first before A New Hope for newcomers to the series. Admittedly, it's really gritty and at times very dark, but that's what helps it stand out from the rest. It's not only the originality of Rogue One that I really like, though; the action rivals any other Star Wars movie. The space dogfights in particular are spectacular! You really do feel like you're behind the stick of an X-wing fighter, as if you're in the cockpit. But the highlight for me is K-2SO. It seems like every Star Wars movie has its loveable droid, yet somehow each entry manages to top the last. Every line K delivered cracked up the entire audience, yet, when called into action, he proves to be a badass! The rest of the characters are solid. Mads Mikkelsen is incredible as Galen Erso, Felicity Jones seamlessly portrays his daughter, and Ben Mendelsohn really delivers in the shoes of Orson Krennic – which was vital. Look, Vader doesn't have a lot of screen-time. But we all knew that, right? So Krennic had to step up as the “main antagonist”, and he did. The only problem I have with the movie is its opening. I just feel the way in which it chops and changes between worlds to introduce us to new characters is a bit rushed. Some characters and their motivations seem a tad glossed over, as a result. However, when Rogue One kicks into gear, it's breath-taking. It's also worth pointing out that even though we all know the outcome of the movie, because we've seen Episode IV, it still feels really tense, as if there's a lot on the line. At times, Rogue One has you on the edge of your seat. In short, while Rogue One doesn't seem to be all that important as one of many planned anthology films, it's vital to the story of A New Hope and the Star Wars saga as a whole. I can see why people dislike The Force Awakens, as it borrowed too many elements from the original trilogy, but if you don't like Rogue One, then I don't know what to tell you. It's classic Star Wars, and it's brilliant!
So, have you seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? And if so, did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below. In a few days I'll have a full spoiler-filled review, so keep an eye out for that!