Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Film Review (Contains Spoilers)
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While I don’t claim to be a Star Wars fanatic by any means, I do have a grasp on the plot and give it the due recognition for the amazing classic it is. Going to see “Rogue One” in the theaters, I didn’t have high hopes, and I barely even understood what the point of this additional episode was.
Plot with SPOILERS: This episode explains how the plans to destroy the Death Star came about. Galen Erso, his wife, and daughter are hidden from the Imperials. The movie opens with the Imperials coming to take Galen, a research scientist, away to finish the Death Star. His wife is killed, but his daughter, Jyn, escapes the ordeal.
15 years later, Rebel Intelligence officer Cassian frees Jyn from Imperial forces in hopes of using Jyn to get to her father Galen, who knows a lot about the Death Star. Fast forward past all the fighting scenes, (which take forever, and eventually becomes exhausting to watch) Jyn successfully gets the Death Star plans to the Rebel fleet in time. The Empire’s base is destroyed, killing every character the audience has met and formed a bond with.
The movie was good. Was it brilliant, as some of the Star Wars episodes before it? No. Was it annoying that they killed the entire cast in the end? Yes. It makes total sense why they had to as this episode was a prelude to rest of the series, so them living would only be confusing. But after building a relationship with these characters for two hours to watch them all die within minutes was rather upsetting, being the root in my distaste for the movie.
The graphics were rather disappointing. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” from 2015 had rather impressive graphics. With that being said, it wasn’t being held to relatively high standards considering the episodes before it came out in 2005. When watching “Rogue One”, however, the graphics seemed less advanced. At times it even looked as though some of the ships were lego pieces.
All in all, “Rogue One” is a good anthology of the Star Wars saga. It helped explain the history of the original plots, but perhaps it could have been better.