Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen is now the Empire's lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, a vengeful Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station's plans for the Rebel Alliance.
In a galaxy far far away Star Wars was an epic fantasy series that was full of large scale fightership battles between The Empire and the Resistance. But has the Star War world run its course?
My expectations for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story were not all that high but I was hoping after watching the movie it would change my mind.
With the usual Star Wars storyline, this story is based before Star Wars: A New Hope. So If you're wanting to get into the movies at this late stage, watch them in the following order.
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Star Wars: A New Hope
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Rogue One’s story is of a young female, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) whose father, Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) is a scientist for The Empire, ruled by the one and only Darth Vader.
The performances by the main actors throughout were fairly weak with the only sense of personality coming from the reprogramed Imperial Droid K-S2O, who had the personality of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory and the blind Jedi Chirrup Iwre (Donnie Yen).
The introduction of the Dark Lord, Darth Vader, which is still voiced by the talented James Earl Jones, was epic but very brief. The reveal felt like it was going to be Bain from The Dark Knight Rises, a muscular man suspended in a tube with pipes connected to his face to help him breath. You don't get to see much with the scene only lasting about 10 seconds.
If you're a Star Wars fan you will notice many throwbacks to the original series through the visuals and the soundtrack with a nice surprise at the end to link the movies together.
This confusing franchise will leave many of its viewers who aren't fans, wondering how this fragmented movie world fits together.
3 out of 5 Choc Tops
Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Wen Jiang, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn, James Earl Jones
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