Rogue One, A Star Wars Story

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Since 1997, Star Wars fans have been wondering how the rebellion acquired the plans for the Death Star from the first movie, A New Hope and now they will find out in the action adventure film Rogue One, A Star Wars Story. Scientist Galen (Mads Mikkelsen) is captured by the Imperials and forced to build the ultimate weapon. Galen’s young daughter, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is rescued by the Rebel Alliance and raised by a rebel extremist named Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker). When the Death Star is almost complete, Galen manages to send a hologram message to his daughter explaining that he incorporated a flaw that would cause the Death Star to self-destruct. Jyn teams up with intelligence officer Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), his android K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), and pilot Dodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) to find her dad. A blind monk whose expertise is martial arts named Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) and his best friend, sharp-shooter Daze Malbus (Wen Jiang) also join the mission. (Personally, I like the blind monk the best.) Together they find Galen, steal the Death Star plans and transmit them to the Rebel Alliance, and you know the rest of the story. There ending is not a surprise because this is where the whole Star Wars franchise begins. From the very beginning, there is no time to take a breath, and that may sound great, but there is no real emotional attachment with the characters. His is the franchise’s first stand-alone film not centered on Luke Skywalker and Star Wars fans will love it. This is a darker, grittier movie and resembles a war story more than the usual adventure feel good film. No endearing Ewoks, no cute robots and no annoying Jar Jar Bink-ish aliens. My wife said the visual aspects of the film looked old and not as well done as the later Star Wars films. She was correct because the director; Gareth Edwards wanted to make this movie look like the original in 1977. I enjoyed the film but moving from one fight scene to the next made the film seem long and drawn out. Overall a good move for the Star Wars franchise and I’m giving this film a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.