Monday, December 19, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Released December 16th, 2016
2 hr 13 mins
Rated PG-13
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy


Writers: John Knoll, Gary Whitta, Screenplay: Chris Weitz, Tony Gilroy
Director: Gareth Edwards

Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso
Diego Luna as Cassian Andor
Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic
Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe
Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso
Alan Tudyk as K-2SO,
Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook
Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus
Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera

Resistance fighters embark on a daring mission to steal the Empire's plans for the Death Star.

Review by Stephen M.

While everyone was hoping for the next chapter in The Force Awakens, we instead get a gap filler that while entertaining and well narrated, is lacking most of the charm and excitement we come to expect from a Star Wars film.  The film still does enough right with the latter half filled with non stop action and CGI nostalgia that will have your jaw dropped to the floor.

Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, a daughter of an Imperial scientist who becomes the chief architect for what the rebel faces in The Empire Strikes Back is a strong woman figure continuing in the lines of Princess Lei and the more recent Rey.  However, like most of the cast and characters in Rogue One, lacks charisma and presence aside for Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe.  Donnie Yen known for his Ip Man martial arts film in Hong Kong, is the stand out in the film with some of the best lines and action scenes.

Overall if you are a fan of the original trilogy this film is a must for you.  While we may know what happened in Star Wars A New Hope, the film does enough to capture your attention and actually answer a few questions that were missing when the film first debuted back in 1977.  The prequel to a sequel that was actually the original adds to the rich history of what is Star Wars and I cannot wait to see more Star Wars films out of Disney.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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