Revue of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
Release Date: December 15, 2016
Directed By: Gareth Edwards
This Star Wars standalone is a prequel to the 1977 Star Wars, movie revolves around a rebel called Jyn (Felicity Jones) who is the daughter of Galen (Mads Mikkelson) an engineer charged with building the Death Star. Jyn and her unlikely band of friends must find a way to get the plans of the Death Star (Empire’s super weapon) to attack its weakest point and destroy the it.
I am a huge Star Wars fan but when I heard they were doing this prequel, I was skeptical especially since it is a standalone Star Wars story, away from the traditional Skywalker and Jedi story. However, what I saw was a refreshing perspective to the narrative- away from the usual Mainstream Star Wars story.
As expected the CGI was matchless and there was also the introduction of new creatures and the reintroduction of some old faces. I had chills when I saw Peter Finch reprise his role as Grand Moff Tarkin. I am sure we all remember that the stern looking Peter Finch died in 1994 but CGI was able to bring him back to our screens and boy did he look life like. I wonder how they managed to pull that off.
Talking about old characters coming back to life, I wish to inform all Star Wars groupies that Bros Vader makes an appearance. He was still smooth and cold as ever and I was pleased when the ever familiar voice of James Earl Jones rang out from behind the mask and heavy breathing. My favorite character in the movie was the robot K-2SO a reprogrammed military robot voiced by Alan Tudyk. His blunt disposition cracked me up.
However, there are some questions that I need answered. Why wasn’t there an opening crawl like all the other movies? Was that Admiral Ackbar or a relative of his? Was the irrelevant Donnie Yen just thrown in to put some diversity into the cast?
Notwithstanding, Rogue One does go rogue by abandoning the usual Star Wars plot and the traditional Star Wars fans may be quick to call it a ruse, but I must plead that they give it time. For those who aren’t fans of the franchise, or just crawled out from under a rock and haven’t watched any of the Star Wars movies, don’t worry, even though they may not appreciate some of the characters or the back stories, they will still enjoy the movie as it is basically a story of rebellion which everyone can appreciate
The force quite strong with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and it earns a 7.0/10 rating on my awesome-o-metre.
NB. This review originally appeared here.