Star Wars Rogue One Movie Review

“Dark, bold and thrilling. This is the Star Wars story you’ve been dreaming of”

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Rogue One takes place before the events of A New Hope and the Death Star is being built. The Rebel Alliance finds out about its capabilities to obliterate other planets and it is up to Jyn Erso played by Felicity Jones and her Rogue One to find the death star plans and fix the gaps of Episode IV.

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This is the darkest Star Wars movie to date. It took a lot of risk and Disney did not make it cute and cuddly. It shows the audience the real struggle that the rebel alliance is dealing with. This is war. Both sides are desperate. There is no black or white, only dark shades of grey. It shows you that even the good guys are doing unpleasant things for the cause which adds to the character depth of the characters. The first parts of the film felt a little disjointed which made the pacing a little lazy. Afterwards, the film picks itself up and regains its focus. The diverse cast members did a great job in their portrayals and no one was a slouch. The film gives you a slight hint of the struggles of the characters, which flexes your creativity and makes you wonder what they went through. These little moments are gold because it makes you think of the possible stand alone movies for the characters and makes you crave for the cinematic version of it. I like how they also portrayed Orson Krennic (played by Ben Mendelsohn). He isn’t the one dimensional villain mostly found in clich√© action movies. You get to empathize with him as well because he is dealing with the pressures of destroying the rebellion as well as trying to prove himself to the empire. There are also a few chuckles in the film that were mostly delivered by K-2SO that actually made me laugh as they are delivered in the right time. It gets emotional sometimes and you can’t help but care for the characters because you have already invested in them. The CGI was great. Planets get destroyed, ships clash with one another and robots look very metallic. Indeed this is the update that Star Wars needed in the technical department. Two main human characters in the movie were cgi. The first one had a lot of screen time and I have to say, it looked very real to me. Some people complained that it didn’t look real enough but to be honest, if they didn’t know what was coming, they wouldn’t be that critical about it and they probably wouldn’t have noticed. There is a cameo in the film that is computer generated and that one I noticed because I knew that it was impossible to have such a cameo. My friend whom I watched it with did not notice these flaws.

The third act of the film goes on a whirlwind and engages in a Battlefield-esque war sequence. You’ll see the slow diminishment of the many characters, the grand spaceship battles to the tiniest hindrances of each individual character. War is messy, but they were able to show it to you in such an organized and cohesive way that you can’t help but anticipate the next move. The standout of the movie has to be the few scenes we get with Darth Vader. His confrontation with Krennic gives you one of the best lines in the movie and his final scene where he cuts loose is badass. It shows the true power of Darth Vader and you can’t help but fear for his victims at the same time be so delighted by how he slaughters them.

Star Wars Rogue One is spectacular. I can’t wait to see it another time and it is definitely worth watching even if you have not seen any of the Star Wars films. I give Rogue One a 9/10

Written by Hans Erickson Lim

Currently in my collegiate years at De La Salle College Of St. Benilde major in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs. I've been regarded as a film critic but I'd like to humbly label myself as a "cinephile"