Movie Review: Rogue One

‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ is the first of Disney’s ‘standalone’ films with fans racing to the cinema to ensure a record opening weekend of $155 Million.

Complete with an entirely new set of feisty, diverse characters, great script writing and plenty of action, it takes place immediately before ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’ (i.e. the original) as the rebel spies plot to steal the Death Star’s engineering plans.

 

Disney purchased lucasfilm in 2012 for a whopping $4Billion, giving them all creative rights to the franchise. ‘Star Wars land ‘ is currently under construction at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood studios.

 

The film features a wonderful ensemble cast that respects the Star Wars tradition of combining little-known actors with veterans.

Newcomer Felicity Jones (as energetic and soldier-tough Fyn Erso), heads up a misfit gang that includes Diego Luna, Madds Mikelsen, Donnie Yen and Forest Whittaker. And also a notable mention must be made of super-evil, ambitious bad guy, Ben Mendelsohn.

 

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With established actors (and martial artists) from Mexico and China forming a significant part of the ensemble, this is the most diverse Star Wars cast ever.

 

Directed by Gareth Edwards (2014’s ‘Godzilla’), it’s no secret that ‘Rogue One’ underwent extensive reshoots to tighten up the story- and change the original ending.

 

Given that this included further character development and adding some ‘human touch’ to the action scenes, I’m certainly pleased they did.

 

Heavily reliant on CGI and digital artistry of all shapes and sizes, the movie certainly looks amazing – but lost some of the deeper emotive appeal of ‘The Force Awakens’.

An amazing film, but definitely one for the big screen – I highly recommend this movie for an action adventure film that will blow your socks off and scratch your Star Wars ‘itch’.

Still playing first-run theatres and you can check out the official trailer here:

 

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