This review will be free of spoilers.
When Gareth Edwards was announced to direct Rogue One I was a little bit skeptical. After hearing interviews with him and the cast and watching trailers leading up to the films release, I realized I had hope. Rogue One delivered awesome characters, stunning visuals, a fluid story, and many memorable moments. Add some humor, clever cameos, and intense action sequences and you got yourself an amazing Star Wars standalone movie.
Characters are one of the most important aspects of the Star Wars universe. Rogue One doesn’t disappoint when it comes to meeting new faces. Leading protagonist Jyn Erso is a fully fleshed out character who has changed from the beginning of the film to the very end. Cassian Andor and his droid/ally K-2SO have many memorable moments. Andor does whatever he needs to do to get the job done for the rebel alliance. Some of his choices are questionable at times, this gives the movie a more realistic interpretation of the rebel alliance that fans haven’t seen in a long time which I truly loved. He does evolve over the course of the movie like Erso which was great to see. K-2SO brings a majority of the humor in this film making it feel more grounded and not overly serious. As for the duo Chirrut and Baze, both appear to be just there. Their introduction was brief but they were awesome additions to the group. Saw Gerrera and the pilot were cool too especially since both of them played an interesting role that progressed the story forward. As for the villains, Director Orson Krennic was menacing until he was side by side with a fan favorite antagonist from the original movie. At these points in time he was shown up because he was a lower rank. Lastly Darth Vader had a few brief but bad ass scenes that truly demonstrated how terrifying, ruthless, and evil he is. The amount of screen time he had been given made fans begging for more.
Everything from armor, weapons, starships, alien races, droids, and more looked absolutely incredible. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that this had taken place right before A New Hope. Unlike the prequel trilogy, the use of cgi was very little which is always a plus. Not only that but everything was battle-worn since the rebels and empire have been fighting in a relentless war for quite awhile. The film was true to the originals while also bringing new concepts to the universe. Some examples of new concepts include but are not limited to Deathtroopers, Scariftroopers, new imperial ships, new planets, and the introduction of alien races we haven’t seen before. War raged on in different environments demonstrating how massive the setting is without being too confusing. Prior to the films release, there were talks of extensive reshoots but I had forgotten all about them by the end of the movie.
The premise of Rogue One is simple and easy to follow. Most people who have seen the original trilogy probably know the end result but the journey to get there is the exiting part. For those who aren’t as familiar with the previous films, don’t worry you can enjoy this movie without having seen the others. For all of these reasons and more I give Rogue One an 8.5 out of 10 and would rank it in my top 3 favorite Star Wars movies of all time. For more reviews and other geeky content follow us on Instagram @JTreviewsplus and @geekstream