Why Rogue One Is a Fantastic Movie

What To Expect From Rogue One

First and foremost, this is my favorite Star Wars movie to date. I watched it twice in two days and both times I found nothing wrong with this movie. It’s rare to come across a movie that is very, very close to perfect but this was one of those films. Let me elaborate a little bit further without any spoilers for anyone who’s reading this who hasn’t watched the movie yet.

As soon as the iconic words “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” disappear you immediately know this is not your average Star Wars film. Once again, this is spoiler free so I won’t tell you why but the very first second of the movie is entirely different. If you’ve seen the trailers you’ve seen when Jyn Erso’s a little girl and Director Orson Krennic comes for her father, Galen Erso alongside his troupe of menacing Death Troopers. This is the prologue of the movie and immediately sets the intense tone of the film. When you come to the end of the prologue the words Rogue One appear with the classic Star Wars music which is modified slightly and then the story begins.

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Within the first fifteen minutes you are introduced to Jyn Erso as an adult, Captain Cassian Andor who for me was the best surprise of the movie, and the wonderful new droid K-2SO. Their introductions perfectly illustrate who their characters are without having to inform you too deeply into their back stories.

At the rebel base Cassian and Jyn are given a mission to go to Jedha, a planet where one of the earliest Jedi temples resides. I won’t tell you what the mission is of course but it’s definitely compelling to watch.

Within the next fourty five minutes you are taken on a wild ride that just doesn’t stop. You are introduced to the other characters Bodhi Rook, Chirrut Imwe, Baze Malbus, and Saw Gerrera in perfect fashion. The way they end up a team is one of the most flawless forming of a group I have ever seen. Before the movie I had never known these characters but the writers perfectly conveyed who they were within minutes.

You’d think after the movie’s first half they would give you a slight break and allow you to reset but they don’t. The movie only grows more intense until by the end when the credits start rolling you feel like you’ve experienced a Star Wars movie unlike any other.

This film definitely is a Star Wars Story, for the tempo is much more urgent than the Star Wars episodes because everything concludes in one movie. Michael Giacchino composes the movie so beautifully that I never found myself wishing John Williams had composed it. His take on the Galaxy we all know and love was astounding and definitely one of the highlights of the film. It also, unlike the prequels, perfectly integrated into A New Hope like a puzzle piece. The cameos and nods to the 1977 film were precise without feeling overdone or forced. We were told that this would be a gritty war film and yes, it had that feeling. This is hands down the most violent of all the Star Wars films I’ve ever seen. They really pushed the boundaries of what we’ve all come to know as Star Wars.

And then there was Darth Vader. He only has a few scenes but his role in Rogue One was beyond perfect. The way they brought him back to the movie was something I have always wanted to witness. His menace is felt straight through the movie screen and they truly brought back the reason why Darth Vader was so loved and feared in the original trilogy.

The Force Awakens was an amazing movie but at the end of the day it took a lot of direction from A New Hope. This was an entirely new film that we have never seen before and even though we know what happens at the end it was such a perfectly written movie I was still being surprised with every turn. And the most incredible feat of all, A New Hope, which was definitely one of the most boring Star Wars movies is now actually good. When I see the words in the opening crawl of the 1977 film it makes so much more sense because I now know who the “rebel spies” are. A movie that can enhance another movie is a pretty great film.

If you haven’t seen this wonderful movie yet please do. You will not be disappointed. And please watch it in IMAX. The increased price for the tickets are well worth it, for this is definitely one of the loudest movies I have ever watched. And the grand scale of the movie and planets is definitely worth seeing in IMAX.

I hope you enjoyed this review and if you want to see my complete review full of spoilers I’ll be doing that next.

My Experience With Rogue One

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I was walking up to the doors of the movie theater ready to get the tickets for Rogue One when from a distance I could see the unmistakable tall figure of none other than Chewbacca. I immediately had to take a picture with the beloved character alongside of course, my sister. This was already making my Star Wars experience one to remember. Inside of the busy movie theater lobby there was also Kylo Ren with his glowing red lightsaber and Boba Fett with his rusted clothes and ragged cloak. I totally got excited when I saw Kylo Ren with his silver lined mask and dark robe. It was an amazing experience.star-wars-1

Once we got our food we went into the IMAX theater and the place was already packed even though First Look had just come on. We eventually found our seats at the bottom which was definitely a different experience, for I’m used to sitting at the top. All the seats had been sold, a sign of how excited the people were to see this movie. The trailers before Rogue One even came on were spectacular already setting the tone of the movie I was about to see. Then the IMAX ten second countdown started and I grew excited to watch the film I had been waiting to see for a year since The Force Awakens. When Lucasfilm appeared on the giant screen and I read the famous words, A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I knew there was no turning back. It was time to see if Rogue One was going to be as good as it seemed. And it was.

Rogue One took me on a two hour and three minute ride I will never forget. It made me laugh, gasp, shake my head with wonder, grow teary eyed, and completely thank George Lucas for selling LucasFilm to Disney. When I left that movie theater I knew that this was going to be a night I would always treasure.

My next post will be a spoiler free review about Rogue One. If you want to know what to expect then you should definitely read it. And as always from a Star Wars fan to another May the force be with you.

The Last Day Before Rogue One

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One more day! One more day until I finally, for the first time, hear Darth Vader’s breathing in the movie theater, particularly in IMAX. I was brought into the fantastic world of Star Wars with the prequels Episode I, II, and III. I mean I was literally a baby just coming into my first year when I first experienced The Phantom Menace in the movie theater with my parents. Because those prequels didn’t give the backstory of Anakin Skywalker any justice when I finally did see Darth Vader in the classic trilogy of Star Wars he wasn’t as intimidating as he should’ve been.

Finally, with the help of Disney, I think he will truly become the beloved, scary, iconic villain we have all been waiting to enjoy again. I mean who can compete with “No, I am your father.” Definitely one of the best and most jaw dropping lines in movie history. Of course Darth Vader isn’t the only reason why I’m excited for Rogue One but he’s definitely a large part of my enthusiasm to see this film.

The Increasing List of Awesome Heroines

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Felicity Jones) Ph: Film Frame ©Lucasfilm LFL

It used to only be Princess Leia who ruled the galaxy in terms of strong women. I’m sure many girls and women loved her tough attitude, her sharp wits, and her stunning fearlessness even in the face of Darth Vader more than once. She still however was the princess who had to get rescued and really Luke was the hero throughout the saga. Then last year Rey appeared in the Star Wars universe like a thunder bolt from a stormy sky of greatness.

I will never forget my intense joy at watching Rey defeat Kylo Ren in the epic lightsaber battle on StarKiller Base last year in the movies. I completely had no idea that she was going to have the force, let alone be the next Luke of the incredible saga. Everything about Rey was fantastic. From her practical clothing and hairstyle to her incredible understanding of mechanics (hence flying the Milennium Falcon better than the wonderful owner himself, Han Solo) to being more powerful with the force than someone who had been learning it all of his life. She was the epitome of heroines to me and still is for that matter. So here comes one more heroine to the long list of characters in Star Wars.

Jyn seems pretty cool to me from what I’ve gleaned from the trailers and commercials. She’s definitely tough, undoubtedly has every aspect of a leader, and it seems like she can take care of herself very well. She already has a thumbs up from me before I even watch the movie fully. Still I can’t wait to watch her in action tomorrow against the intimidating forces of the Empire. I definitely think she will become a fan favorite even though she will be in only one Star Wars movie.

And Last But Not Least…The Empire

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The Empire is, during this period of time in the Star Wars universe, a seemingly unstoppable force led by Emperor Palpatine who holds the galaxy underneath their fist. I hope that this movie really portrays that frightening aspect of the Empire unlike any other Star Wars movie ever has. When I leave the movie theater tomorrow I want to feel like I know a whole other side of the bad guys that’s never been explored. When I see the stormtroopers in Episode IV: A New Hope I want to see them in a completely different light. The new Death Troopers already look cool enough. Let’s hope that they are just as intimidating as they seem to be. And yes, even though I love the rebels, let’s see just how the Empire handles these nuisances even though we know the end story (if you don’t remember the Death Star got blown up.)

So as you can see I’m very excited about Rogue One tomorrow. I will have a spoiler free review full of my thoughts about the movie and hopefully there is nothing but good news. And to all you Star Wars fans who are just as excited as me, May the Force be with you.

 

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