The Star Wars franchise is always is always successful, even with the flop of the first three movies. The original three (movies 4, 5, 6 &7) are so strong within pop culture; there are infinite possibilities for a side project concept to be successful. Rogue One is venturing into something new in the Star Wars franchise, which is telling the story, that we already know the outcome. It is risky business in the sense of $200 budget into it, but sometimes, regardless of the knowing the outcome, it’s all about presentation.
Director Gareth Edwards who has directed Godzilla and Monsters brings us the back story of how the rebels of the Empire were able to steal the plans to the Death Star. We follow the tragic story of Galen Erso, played by Mads Mikkelsen who is the architect behind the Death Star. He was hiding out as a farmer with his family, who didn’t want to continue the work for the Empire. By force he is brought back and his daughter Jyn played by Felicity Jones was able to escape and was rescued by her father’s friend, Saw Gerrera, played by Forest Whitaker.
Years later, Jyn has left on her own terms and ended up being a prisoner of the empire. At the same time, the pressure to finish the Death Star is on, and the rebels are finally getting work about the latest device of that can destroy planets. Because Jyn is the closest thing to Saw and her father is the scientist behind the Death Star, the Rebels are trying to find her. After being rescued from the rebels, she accepts the offer of working for them to find her father but exchange for her freedom.
Rogue One brings a stunning tragedy to the big screen. We really see the dark side of the force in this film. We don’t meet any Jedi’s but we do meet those understand the force and why it is important to protect the good from the evil of the force. Donnie Yen, who plays a blind man named Chirrut Imwe, can visualize by sound and using the force for his eyes. His relationship with Wen Jiang who plays Baze Malbus solidify the company who helps get Jyn and Cassian Andor played by Diego Luna the plans. The cast of characters really jelled and made team for an impossible mission.
The movie Rogue One also took out all the stops that the term ‘hope’ didn’t mean for one person, but for the whole cause. It brilliantly illustrated that tragedy and sacrifice can serve a greater purpose. It wasn’t a movie that made it easy for our heroes to be successful. It also makes the empire darker than we imagined, and ruthless without hesitation.
The CG was brilliantly successful. The use of Darth Vader and Princess Leia when needed to be was excellent. The transition from getting the plans to when the fourth Star Wars episode would begin was flawless.
Like I said in the beginning; taking a plot we know the result from, it is all about presentation. Director Edwards knocked it out of the park. If you enjoy Star Wars, you will enjoy this film. Just a heads up, it is darker than the other Star War films. There is no mercy in this one. With that said, it is worth seeing in theatres.
Give 4 out of 5 Stars
If you like this film, I recommend:
The Hidden Fortress
Star Wars: A New Hope