A spin-off prequel better than the prequel trilogy.
Do you remember that opening crawl from Episode 4: A New Hope (1977)? Director Gareth Edwards and his writers managed to make a movie out of it. Is this really a necessary movie to make? With rumors circulating about other spin-offs focusing on Han Solo and Boba Fett, the Star Wars franchise seems to be in a brink of “Milking the Cow” Syndrome. However, as you may have noticed in my intro, for now, that is not the case.
Starring Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Diego Luna (Casian Andor), and Ben Mendelsohn (Orson Krennic), Rogue One is about a group of Rebels (mostly) undergoing a mission to take the blueprints of the Death Star, a space station with enough firepower to destroy an entire planet.
The film features a dirtier, more grounded, fresh take on the series. After 7 films in the series, cartoons appearing out of nowhere, and multiple other media, one might think Star Wars has told it all.
The first act of the film was pretty slow, especially the Saw Gerrera part. However, that seems to be an necessary evil because it helps us learn more about Jyn’s backstory. Once the 2nd act starts, everything went great.
One of the biggest pressures of Rogue One that it is a Star Wars movie. It has come to a point that everything Star Wars (especially in the silver screen) has huge expectations. It’s a matter of “hit or miss”. Fortunately, Rogue One hits the good notes.
Right off the bat, audiences see that there is no opening crawl at the start of the film. This represents the movie’s departure from the two trilogies. Even the music is different. Eventhough there are cameos and references regarding the other Star Wars films, Rogue One manages to have its own identity.
The cast did their jobs well. Donnie Yen (Chirrut Îmwe) and Alan Tudyk (K2SO) are the scene stealers of the show. Yen’s physicality and Tudyk’s voice work breathes life to an already energetic story. Another wonderful thing the film did is to show that the two sides (the Empire and the Rebellion) are not as easy as black and white. Director Krennic’s motivation to lead the Death Star project is relatable, and Andor’s actions as a Rebel are questionable at times.
Rogue One is a masterpiece. With its well-built characters, rich mythos, and proper connection to both Star Wars trilogies, this film is definitely…