Thursday, 15 December 2016

Review: Rogue One 'A Star Wars Story'

(Note: Top 10 at the bottom of the page does contain SPOILERS)

After seeing the midnight showing of Rogue One, and as an avid Star Wars fan, I am extremely impressed with the first ever Star Wars spin off film.

Though I felt the beginning was slow, the film just seemed to get better and better with each passing minute, I absolutely loved it.

Felicity Jones, brought her all to this delight to watch, playing Jyn Erso, who becomes involved with the rebel alliance, when they need her help to track down her father, who is a key engineer in the building of the Death Star.

The film follows the story of the group of rebels, including Jyn, who steal the plans to the space station, which is a super weapon built by the Empire with the ability to destroy an entire planet.

The plans are referred to, and seen, in the original 1977 Star Wars: A New Hope, the plans are hidden inside R2D2 at the very start of that film, and give the Rebel Alliance, with the help of Luke Skywalker, the ability to destroy the Death Star.

The film addresses what was often thought to be a major plot flaw in Episode 4, which was why the Empire would build a weapon which could be destroyed with a single shot to its reactor. Rogue One explains why it had such a massive design flaw.

This film may be nearly 40 years on from the original Star Wars release, but Rogue One is a prequel to that film and therefore a sequel to the prequels (Episodes 1-3), yes it's getting confusing in the Star Wars universe!

I think just like The Force Awakens last year, these new films tap into a nostalgia that just enhances them, I think if it had just been these films released with no original trilogy, they wouldn't have the same feel to them.

I feel the nostalgia is a key element, having grown up with the original trilogy, Rogue One was a real treat.

It fits perfectly into the timeline of the saga and the space battle scene above the new planet of Scarif, brings back fond memories of the space battle above Endor in 'Return of the Jedi'.

Furthermore though we know nothing of these characters before hand, Rogue One does an excellent job of making the audience care deeply about them, I can honestly say I have never felt so emotional during a Star Wars film.

The end was nothing more than pure perfection, director Gareth Edwards has delivered a stunning piece of cinema, which stands alone but also enhances to no end, the Star Wars universe that many of us have come to love.

To conclude here are the 10 things I liked the most about Rogue One (in no particular order and I should warn - the bottom 5 DO CONTAIN SPOILERS!):

1, Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso
2, Director Orson Krennic (a new villain who needs his own film)
3, Scarif
4, CGI effects
5, Darth Vader
6, Princess Leia
7, Darth Vader's light sabre/force choke rampage
8, The ending
9, Governor Tarkin
10, 'Return of the Jedi' like space battle

Rogue One is OUT NOW in the UK, but isn't released in the United States until tomorrow.

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