[Movie Review] Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

As soon as I got home from work Tuesday night, I was told to hop in the truck. The previous night I had found a $25 gift card to IHOP while doing the great kitchen purge of 2016. The gift card, even though it had been issued in 2013, was still good and burning a hole in Robb’s pocket. So we went on a weeknight date.

After our dinner at IHOP and a bit of running around to pick up a few last minute Christmas gifts, Robb took me to go see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. Neither of us had been paying much attention to the previews for it, so we were both a little confused on where in the Star Wars timeline this story fell.

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Synopsis:

From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

The film started out nicely – as will anything when it starts with Mads Mikkelson – but then took a jumbled turn as the film sought to introduce all the characters within about a span of 5 minutes. It seemed rushed. Thankfully, the pacing worked itself out and I found myself enjoying the film. The cast was great – I couldn’t have asked for a better group – and I like how the film didn’t make everything all flashy and new – costumes were a simple throwback to the old films.

The film was full of quick little “dabs” destined to get a laugh from the audience. Having been called a “smart ass” myself on many occasions, I enjoyed those.

Something important to note is that yes, James Earl Jones DID not the voice of Darth Vader – who was just as awesome in this film as the others.

Rogue One is a standalone story of sorts that prefaces the old trilogy. I thought that the ending tied everything up neatly to seamlessly tie it right into Episode VIII, even though it is not the type of ending that I would normally enjoy.

One of my biggest complaints about the film is at the very ending, a certain CGI-inspired (I think) appearance of a particular character from Episode VIII. I think that it was a bit unnecessary and they could have simply shown her white robe instead of her face.

Synopsis and movie image were taken from the Lucasfilm Ltd website.

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