Review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Right now it’s a good time to be a geek. Not only are we getting flooded with endless superhero films, but we can also expect new Star Wars movies for the foreseeable future. Rogue One is the second Star Wars flick to get released since the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm. This predecessor to A New Hope (also known as The Force Awakens with crappier special effects) has Gareth Edwards showing George Lucas how to properly direct a Star Wars prequel. During the prologue we see how scientist Galen Erso is forced out of retirement to assist with the development of the Death Star. Poor guy, I can really sympathize with his plight. Just like Galen I too am forced to serve an evil empire, on a daily basis, in order to pay the bills.

OVERVIEW

You can’t have a Disney made Star Wars adventure without a Mary Sue so let me introduce you to Galen’s daughter Jyn Erso. Rogue One’s heroine is freed from incarceration by the Rebel Alliance, early on in the film, in the hopes that she can track down her dad and procure blueprints from him that may reveal a weakness in the planet busting weapon he has created. Escorting Jyn on the mission is Latin spy Cassian Andor and a reprogrammed Imperial bot named K-2SO. Out of the trio K-2SO is my favourite character. He is for all intents and purposes C-3PO, if the gold plated android wasn’t a pussy. I couldn’t help but laugh whenever he would announce how bleak things are. K-2SO is the type of machine that will blurt out painful facts like “only 3% of your followers will read this review.”

Over the course of the story three more companions join Jyn in her quest. The first of these is Imperial defector Bodhi Rook who, during an interrogation scene, has the displeasure of having ear sex with a hentai tentacle monster. Freelance assassin Baze Malbus, who wields a laser cannon, becomes the team’s muscle. He is the best friend of blind monk Chirrut Imwe. In a film devoid of Jedi, Chirrut is given the responsibility of imparting sagely guidance to his teammates. Despite being handicapped Chirrut is adept at quarterstaff combat and his strong faith in the Force seemingly allows him to evade blaster fire. Like K-2SO, Imwe gets to deliver some amusing lines. I had to chuckle for example when captors covered his face with a hood. “Are you kidding me? I am blind!” he exclaims.

VERDICT

My rating for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a four out of five. This movie eclipses the George Lucas prequels thanks to its more mature presentation. Yes there is some humour, as mentioned above, but thankfully none of the gags are puerile slapstick performed by an annoying Gungan. The comedy is used sparingly and works to offset the gloom of what is arguably the darkest Star Wars cinematic offering to date. Another plus in Rogue One’s favour is that it doesn’t go overboard with CGI. One of the more impressive feats the visual effects crew pulled off was giving Guy Henry the facial features of Grand Moff Tarkin. If technology continues to advance at this pace we will soon only require the services of voice actors, as a computer can render human bodies. Nolan North, who already appears in every video game, will star in all blockbusters too!

Filmgoers who recently attacked Ghost in the Shell and Dr Strange for whitewashing should have no complaints with Rogue One. The diverse cast includes pilots of both genders in addition to Asians and Mexicans – proving that the galaxy isn’t exclusively inhabited with people who speak in British accents. I’m not fussed about SJW politics though. My only concern was watching a good Star Wars movie and in that regard Rogue One delivers. I liked how the plot addressed the Death Star flaw many people have commented on for years and the cameo appearance of Darth Vader. Although brief, Vader’s screen time showcased how menacing the Sith Lord can be. The way he stalked Rebel soldiers was akin to a horror movie villain slashing down victims in space. It’s just like Jason X… only not terrible.

33 thoughts on “Review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    • For consistency’s sake that is a nice touch. Even if modern day effects are better it doesn’t make sense for technology in a prequel to look more advanced than in a film chronologically set later in the series.

  1. Good movie that made me appreciate Episode 4 even more. While the cast weren’t fleshed out enough to please some critics I will say they had enough development for viewers to care about them before their last moments and hope for the best in spite of how slim the chances of survival were…and we know how it all ended. Good stuff and I’m looking forward to the other spinoffs after the must-see Episode 8.

    • Watching this film is a bit like watching Titanic. You know it’s not going to end well for the protagonists. It’s tough to flesh out a full group of characters in one film, but they certainly gave everyone enough time to endear themselves to the audience. I wouldn’t mind seeing spin-offs featuring the monk and the droid.

  2. I don’t consider myself a die-hard Star Wars fan but I really enjoyed this! Great review and so glad to be in the 3% of your followers reading this 😉

  3. “…during an interrogation scene, has the displeasure of having ear sex with a hentai tentacle monster.”

    Do I want to know how that came about?

  4. 3% of your followers read your reviews? Impressive stats! Mine usual follower read rate is like 0.01%. The rest are bots trying tell me to “Ban American Women”, and explaining how easy it is to make $100, $200, or even $500 per day, from home. 🙂

    For once, I’ve actually seen a movie you reviewed! I enjoyed it too. I loved how it tied in with the original trilogy.

  5. So many of my friends got really excited over this movie and said that it was good as well. I want to say that I was excited over this film but I’ve never watched a star wars film.

    • Wow. I have never met someone that hasn’t seen at least one of the Star Wars movies. This is a prequel, so I suppose you could watch it as a standalone feature. You wouldn’t catch some of the references though.

      • I’ve always been a guy that wants to understand all things when watching something so I’m going to have to watch the film series at some point before watching this. If I’m honest, I’ve been telling myself to watch it for years.

  6. This might be my second or third favorite Star Wars movie. Probably the best space dogfight in any of them, which is crazy considering how much I love the one in Return of the Jedi.

  7. I had burned out on all the bad Star Wars movie after the original trilogy, so I decided to stop following. Then when I do, they actually come out with a good one? Life’s not fair.

  8. Glad to be in the three percent!
    I didn’t see this movie, though I did see al the main movies 🎥 ( when they were first released no less, lol). Your review makes me curious though!

  9. The only thing that bothered me was that I felt like the heroine instantly snapped from “I won’t help you” to the biggest “save the galaxy” cheerleader. Like her first half self wasn’t anything like her second half self.

    • Honest Trailers actually made fun of this. They said something along the lines of “meet the biggest rebel who always does what she is told.”

      She pretty much played ball with both the Alliance and her father’s wishes, despite all the scowling early on.

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