Movie Review: Rogue One

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For your information: This movie review is spoiler-free.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a prequel of the original Star Wars trilogy, and is about a group of rebels who try to steal the plans to the Death Star from the Empire’s file archives.

The movie starts far away on a farm, where Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) and his family are hiding from the Empire. Soon enough, the Empire finds them, and the evil Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) takes him away from his family. A young Jyn Erso manages to escape them, and goes into hiding.

15 years later, Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), an Imperial pilot, defects from the Empire, and smuggles a holographic message to Rebel Extremist Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker). At the same time, Jyn (Felicity Jones) is rescued by the Rebels from Imperial captivity and is to be used to track down her father.

Along the way, Jyn meets many characters, from Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), the blind warrior Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen), mercenary Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen), and a snarky droid by the name of K-2SO (Alan Tudyk). Together they form Rogue One, a group of rebels who attempt to steal the plans of the Death Star, which Jyn’s father was forced to construct.

All in all, the movie was very good, even though some people fell asleep in the reclining leather chairs. It snaps right into place in between Revenge of the Sith, and A New Hope. The performance of the characters was excellent, the action scenes had the audience on the edge of their seat, and the visual effects were mesmerizing. The score for the movie was composed by Michael Giacchino, who has done scores for Doctor Strange, Zootopia, and the recent Star Trek movies. The score was very fitting to the movie, as some parts were light and amusing, whereas some parts were scored with darker notes. The cast is also ethnically diverse.

The only thing that would be criticized about would be the lack of character development. The characters basically stay the same throughout the movie, and that is unlike Gareth Edwards, the director, to do something like that. He is normally known for such character development in movies such as the 2014 reboot of Godzilla, and Monsters, which came out in 2010.
Rogue One is definitely a movie worth seeing in the theaters.

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