Review – Rogue One (2016)

I apologize for the late review for this movie, you see, my computer fried just before my viewing on release date. So bear with me, as this review is actually written on my phone. That’s right, a phone review. So, being a Star Wars film, this was among my highest anticipated flicks of the year, and I hoped upon hope that it wouldn’t add to the terribleness of the year in general. I also wanted to see just how well a spin-off would do in this universe. This was as close as you can get to a trial run for spin-offs, because it takes a well known Star Wars mission and turns it into film. Let’s get into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

“Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.”

My initial concerns were met with something quite extraordinary, as this film truly feels classic and welcome in the world of the original trilogy. It reminded us of the time period, the wardrobe styles, even a variety of classic characters brought back to life in a shocking reflection of reality… all of which is certainly exciting, but something else shouldn’t be ignored… and that’s the story.

Predetermined by the first-ever opening scroll, the plot of Rogue One isn’t exactly unknown, but nevertheless, it feels surprisingly original. The prequel trilogy mirrored the original series quite a bit. They wanted to revamp the series, but recreate some of the elements that made the original trilogy memorable at the same time. Even the Force Awakens mirrored A New Hope a bit… so to see a team of rogue rebels make a plan to sabotage blueprints is a super welcome sight and even experience. Truthfully, that very difference is something I wanted to see more in The Force Awakens… which makes me feel bittersweet… because a big part of me wants to say I like this better than the seventh episode.

There are definitely mixed reviews for this film, as they preferred the elements that bridged the gap between episode three and four over anything that didn’t. Yet, people tend to forget that this movie isn’t an episode… It’s about the team on Rogue One. Those elements that bridge the gap are necessary and fun as all heck, but that’s not what this movie was. The sooner people realize that, the sooner everyone else will appreciate and or love the flick.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story shocked me in possibly the best way it ever could. Immediately, it felt classic and reminiscent of what you might consider a perfect prequel done right. Throughout the film, the tension climbs at a steady rate and blows you away long after the credits stop rolling. The acting and characters become memorable as it progresses, and the music is actually pretty decent. Finally, as mentioned above, this is the freshest, most original Star Wars story in decades. Period. Check this one out, it’s certainly not one to miss!

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