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Who Has The Best Outfit in Star Wars?

There are a lot of different characters in Star Wars, I mean a whole lot of them. There are new characters, old characters, famous characters and background characters, and every single one of them has a unique style about them that makes them memorable, whether it’s good or bad. So, on that note, in this post, I’m going to see who reigns supreme in the realm of fashion in the galaxy. Enjoy.

10. Luke Skywalker

luke-skywalker-main_5a38c454_461eebf5From the sandy deserts of Tatooine to the mountainous islands of the new planet Ach-To, Luke Skywalker has always been cool. Now after years of his absence on the big screen the infamous Luke has returned and his wardrobe has gotten surprisingly better since we last saw him. I remember when I first saw him at the end of The Force Awakens. I expected him to be wearing a black cloak and maybe a dark brown robe but when I saw him in a slightly dirty, old tan, hooded cloak with a robe underneath to match I was amazed. He really looked like a master now, not the young Jedi that he was in Return of the Jedi. So, because of that alone, I have put him as tenth on my list.

9. Jyn Erso

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I like Jyn’s outfit a lot. First of all, the outfit she wears throughout the entire film looks very logical for her field of work. I love that there aren’t any low necklines or ultra tight leggings to try to sexualize her. And I love the dark brown. There haven’t been any main female characters in Star Wars, so far, who have worn dark colors. Padme was always in something vibrant or colorful except for a few times. Princess Leia (not General Leia) was always in white or if not that color at least green. And even Rey’s clothing is a sandy color. Jyn was the first female protagonist to wear some dark clothing and I love it. And by the way, are her pants for sale anywhere because they look so comfortable?

8. Rey

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What makes Rey’s outfit stand out is the loose fabric draped over her like a curtain. It kind of gives the illusion that she’s wearing a robe or maybe a tunic yet really all she’s wearing is a tank top and a pair of capris. It really differentiates her and gives her that scavenger look that makes Rey so special. I also love love, love the makeshift sleeves on her arms. It keeps her from being too exposed and that’s important in this new age of representation for women and girls.

7. Jango Fett

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Despite the many flaws of The Attack of the Clones Jango Fett did manage to stand out, and one of those reasons was because of his beautiful silver and blue suit. One of my favorite toys as a child was Jango Fett because he was so cool. He definitely was going to earn a spot on my list.

6. Director Orson Krennic

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) Ph: Jonathan Olley �Lucasfilm LFL 2016.

Director Krennic is a villain. That’s why when I first saw him in that first teaser over a year ago I was so shocked. He was an Imperial behemoth yet he was wearing white! No one in the Galactic Empire dons any colors other than the usual gray or black. It made him stand out and actually made him a little more frightening. And his cape was simply stunning. I really wished he had been a better character than he was.

5. General/Princess Leia

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Princess Leia’s most famous white dress has always been stunning to me, even since I was a little girl. Its beauty provides all of the elegance for this outfit but the designers provided a toughness to her from the flat footed boots she wore. Absolutely perfect. This outfit will go down as one of the most iconic outfits in cinema history. And her style, according to The Last Jedi, hasn’t diminished in the slightest.

4. Darth Vader

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Darth Vader is scary, plain and simple. He could’ve looked corny back in 1977 when he made his debut in the public’s eye but I mean look at him! He embodies the essence of a villain. And yeah he’s got those red and green buttons on his chest. It’s because he’s basically a robot! What an ingenious creation. And his cape is so perfect and his armor is so shiny, he was undoubtedly going to be in the top five on my list.

3. Kylo Ren

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Kylo Ren is cool, cool, cool, and did I say he was cool? His short cape that goes over one shoulder, the gloves, the silver lined mask, the belt, I mean his entire outfit is perfect. And what’s even better is the fact that his wardrobe is getting even better in The Last Jedi! I know he’s, or at least he used to be, a Darth Vader wannabe but his style is so impeccable I can’t not have him in the top three.

2. Captain Phasma

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Need I say more. This picture tells it all. Just like Kylo Ren she’s rocking that cape over one shoulder look. And then her chrome armor is so stunning and gloriously shiny that all I can do is shake my head in appreciative awe. When I had finished watching The Force Awakens I was bummed to think that she died after having such a minimal part. I’m glad to know she’ll get a little more justice in the next installment. And by the way, one of these Halloweens I am totally dressing up as Captain Phasma. She’s too cool not to.

1. Padme Amidala

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And the owner of the best outfit…or outfits in her case, is Padme Amidala. I’m not a fan of her character, at least in the second and third episodes of Star Wars. She was turned into a sappy love interest who became infatuated with a young man she knew when he was nine-years old, (super yuck,) and lost all of her cool points. One thing, however, that never did diminish about her was her wardrobe, especially in the second one.

From her flirty yet still elegant attire in Naboo, hairstyles and all,

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to even her deathbed at the end of Revenge of the Sith.

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Every one of her garments is something I would actually wear if I could, and that’s why she is number one on this list. I hope there will eventually be another main female character in Star Wars with a wardrobe as extensive and gorgeous as hers.

So, that’s my post. It’s been really fun to write and I thank you for reading it. I hope you have a beautiful day.

 

Rogue One After Seven Months

I watched Rogue One in the movie theaters seven months ago. It was amazing!!! The story was compelling, Darth Vader (this was the first time I was able to witness him in the movies) was at, to me, his most terrifying, and everybody died which was a very bold move by LucasFilm. I now know, if they deem it necessary, characters in Star Wars, no matter how much you like them, will be killed off. Boo.

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So anyway the movie was great. I loved it so much I said it was the best Star Wars movie ever made. Now it’s been over half a year since I saw it for the first time and I have to admit, it isn’t as magical as it once was. Now I’m not saying the movie is bad. It’s still clearly in the top three of my favorite Star Wars films but it just lost its pizzaz that it once had. Jyn’s story is terribly inconsistent and has me constantly wondering what her character was like before the infamous reshoots. Director Krennic was also supposed to be much more menacing but they changed his character’s arc as well. And Saw Gerrera was supposedly going to have a bigger role but they dialed it back some so the movie would stay in the PG-13 range. I understand that but now he’s become a useless character. He’s in the movie and I know he’s very important because of his fatherly relationship with Jyn but they could’ve definitely done something a little more with him. I think the movie should’ve been fifteen to twenty minutes longer. It would’ve really helped the depth of the film.

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Now The Force Awakens hasn’t diminished in its enjoyable factor in any way. In fact, the more I watch the better it’s getting. It’s magical from the opening scene with the pitch-black underbelly of Kylo Ren’s ship passing over the glowing white planet of StarKiller Base to Rey brandishing Luke’s lightsaber to Luke himself atop the stunning island at the very end. Between those two scenes, the story never feels disjointed. I know who Rey is and what motivates her to go find Luke at the end. I know who Finn is and why he decided to leave the First Order. I can even figure out Poe despite the little screen time. Everything is polished and well written. I never have to ask myself any questions while I’m watching the movie.

Rogue One does, however, have a spectacular ending. The Battle on Scarif is a little long and drawn out, I will definitely admit that, but the last fifteen minutes or so are magnificent. The data tower is one of my favorite moments in the whole film. The gruesome deaths of Rogue One’s main members are heartbreaking to watch. Especially Jyn and Cassian. I cry like a baby every time still to this day. And there are no words to express how wonderful the scene where Darth Vader goes on a murderous rampage to retrieve the Death Star plans is. It’s simply jaw-dropping. And then Leia at the end, even with her CGI, is amazing. It really molds into A New Hope seamlessly and makes itself easily the best prequel ever made in Star Wars. Rogue One, unfortunately, does have too many mistakes to fill and has me wishing they could’ve fixed some elements to the movie every time I watch it.

And The Empire Strikes Back is still, to this day, the best Star Wars film ever made. It’s been around since 1980 and it continues to stands the test of time. The special effects, Luke’s journey, the love story, it’s all just perfect. And it ends with one of the biggest reveals in cinema history. How can you top that? I thought Rogue One did but it’s only been half a year and I’m already bumping it down to being my third favorite Star Wars movie. Rogue One is a very good movie and gives every Star Wars fan like me hope for standalone Star Wars films in the future but it isn’t perfect. The fifth Star Wars is.

It’s been fun writing this and I can’t wait to write something about The Last Jedi. Until that time I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you for reading my post.

What I Think About the Bonus Features of Rogue One

I loved Rogue One. It was and still is a fantastic addition to the Star Wars universe. When I got it on DVD I immediately rushed to the bonus features because who doesn’t want to know how this beautiful movie was made? Some of the features were really fun to watch and gave me some incredible insight into how the movie was made while others were just okay. On that note let me talk about these features.

My Favorite Bonus Features

There were a few features that I really loved.

Visions Of Hope: The Look of Rogue One

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One of the reasons why Rogue One was such an amazing film was because of the visuals. From Krennic’s shuttle flying over the black sand beaches of the planet where the Ersos were hiding to the Death Star eclipsing the sun over Jedha. It was an incredibly stunning movie that still has me shaking my head in wide-eyed wonder so of course it comes as no surprise that this was my favorite feature. I loved learning the inspiration behind the movie’s gorgeous designs and how they created the classic Yavin 4 base.

The Princess and the Governor

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One of the biggest surprises of Rogue One was the CGI revival of Governor Tarkin and the digitalized young Princess Leia. Yes they weren’t perfect but they were good enough to pass as human around real people. It was fascinating learning how they digitally recreated these iconic characters. First of all, for Leia to have only one scene in the entire movie it took months of work for them to have her look perfect for the film. Secondly watching them CGI Tarkin’s face onto the actor’s face was jaw dropping. It’s truly amazing what people can do these days with computers. I have a feeling this is the beginning of a new era of boundaries for where these Star Wars stories can go.

The Empire

 

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Death Troopers Ph: Jonathan Olley �Lucasfilm LFL 2016.

The Empire are really frightening in this movie. This is the one Star Wars film that displays their incredible menace at the fullest. One thing behind their scary demeanor is their look. It was fun to learn how they came up with designs for the Death Troopers as well as other things. That was another interesting feature.

The Not-So-Great Features

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The seven other features were enjoyable but not memorable. I came away from the bonus features wishing I would’ve learned so much more such as how they created the Battle on Scarif. There was so much work that went into those final forty or so minutes of the movie there’s no way they didn’t have behind-the-scenes footage of it. I learned more on Flipboard about how they made Rogue One than the bonus features which is very unfortunate. And don’t get me started about the missing deleted or extended scenes.

In comparison The Force Awakens’ bonus features were wonderful. They gave a lot of information I would’ve never known. Their features were all over seven minutes long. They did have deleted scenes, all of which were really fun to watch. Their bonus features were so good in fact that I have watched them more than once and I’ll probably watch them again in the near future.

It still is nice to have Rogue One on DVD to watch over and over again. It’s a gorgeously made film that has raised the bar impressively high for any Star Wars stories that follow it. Whether or not the bonus features were that great you should still watch them. It’s an hour and two minutes of decent information that only makes the movie that much better.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. In a few days the Star Wars Celebration will start and the teaser for The Last Jedi will be released. I am so excited! Be sure to read my post about the new teaser trailer. You won’t want to miss it. Thank you and May the force be with you!

 

Rogue One vs. The Force Awakens: Which One Wins?

It’s been a month since Rogue One has graced the big screen and wowed audiences around the world. In that time I have watched this new Star Wars film three times. I believe because it has been out so long this is the perfect chance to really see how it stacks up against The Force Awakens. Of course there will be spoilers so if you’re someone who still hasn’t seen Rogue One yet please do not read any further.

The Main Characters:

Rey

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In the last two Star Wars movies there have been two female leads. In The Force Awakens there was Rey. In the movie we first find her as a scavenger living off of scraps. She’s been abandoned on Jakku but she never gives up hope that her family will come back for her. She quickly displays her toughness when she takes down Unkar Plott’s thugs within seconds. Then she grows in awesomeness when she flies the Millenium Falcon better than Han Solo himself which is saying something. She’s a mechanic. And most of important of all, she has the force! I remember watching The Force Awakens for the first time and being mind blown when I found out that she was basically the next Luke of the Star Wars franchise. I also love that she never depended on getting rescued but got herself out of sticky situations. And she’ll only become cooler considering that in the next movie we’ll finally find out who her parents are.

Jyn

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In Rogue One there was Jyn. From the commercials and trailers, I thought she was going to be another awesome heroine. And she had the potential to be just as cool as Rey. She came off as tough when she took out those rebels in the very beginning on Wobani. She could take care of herself very well during the dispute on Jedha. After that, however, she never got to really show off her skills again. Cassian was always saving her, her story arc wasn’t that special, and yes, she became the leader of the small rebel group to retrieve the Death Star plans but not really. Cassian was the brains behind the whole operation.

I mean why couldn’t she have helped fight those Death Troopers and Krennic when they were climbing the data tower? If she had Cassian probably wouldn’t have gotten shot. And why couldn’t she and Krennic have gone head to head at the end? I would’ve loved seeing her, after a fierce fight, push Krennic off of the top of the tower and watch him fall as if to say, “That’s for my parents.” That, of course, didn’t happen and she instead got saved by Cassian again! Yes, she transmitted the plans but besides that, the only reason why she was important is that she was Galen Erso’s daughter. Rey is clearly the better heroine of the two movies.

Finn

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Now alongside Rey is Finn. Finn is a great character. He is the first stormtrooper in a Star Wars film to have turned good. That makes him such a different character than anyone in the Star Wars movies. He’s immediately lovable and is hilarious. I loved his growth in the movie. He went from being a man fleeing from the terrible evil of the First Order to co-leading a mission alongside Poe to destroy Starkiller Base. And he fearlessly fought Kylo Ren at the end and did a pretty good job against him. I can’t wait to see what he’ll be up to in the next Star Wars.

Cassian

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Then in Rogue One, there was Cassian. He’s my favorite new addition to the Star Wars universe. To me, his story arc in this new Star Wars film was way more heroic than Jyn’s was supposed to be. I mean when you first meet him he was a cold blooded rebel intelligence officer who was willing to do anything without question for the rebellion. Halfway through the movie, he has the chance to kill Jyn’s father, Galen Erso, but his conscience finally prevails. It’s a crucial moment that eventually influences him to get that ragtag band of rebels together to aid Jyn on her mission to steal the Death Star plans.

Besides Chirrut his backstory is very interesting to me. I hope that sometime in the future he’ll appear in another movie so we’ll get to know a little more about the rebel captain. Yes I love Finn, he’s a great character, but Cassian is just better. He’s more interesting and I really, really wished he hadn’t died so we can see more movies with him.

This category has both movies tied when it comes to the main characters. Rogue One: 1 pt. The Force Awakens: 1 pt.

 The Co-Stars:

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This category is pretty straightforward. In The Force Awakens there was Han, Chewbacca, and Poe barely. Han and Chewie were already well known from the original trilogy so they weren’t anything new in Star Wars. Poe wasn’t supposed to live when they first started making the movie so of course his story wasn’t thoroughly developed. In Rogue One there was K-2SO, Chirrut, Bodhi, and Baze. The co-stars in Rogue One were so much more dynamic and thoughtfully written. None of their stories were rushed and they all brought a different skill to the team.

Rogue One clearly wins this category. Rogue One: 2 pts. The Force Awakens: 1 pt.

The Droids:

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Droids are a large part of Star Wars. Ever since The Phantom Menace which was the first Star Wars movie I saw I have loved C-3PO and R2-D2. Even though they’re robots they are just as important as Luke or Darth Vader. The last two Star Wars have introduced a couple of amazing new droids.

In The Force Awakens there was BB-8. I remember when I first saw BB-8 I was disappointed because I thought that he was just another R2 except he had a soccer ball body. BB-8 ended up being such a cute, wonderful droid that he is definitely one of the highlights of the film.

Now Rogue One had K-2SO. A droid like BB-8 or C-3PO would’ve been out of place. His cold personality and bluntness made him the perfect droid to be part of the group. He was also the only character in the movie that made me laugh which was needed to cut through the intense scenes.

For me BB-8 is a better droid because at the end of the day BB-8 is a tangible droid. K-2SO is not. The Force Awakens wins this category. Rogue One: 2 pts. The Force Awakens: 2 pts.

The Villains:

Star Wars is known for their iconic villians, presumably Darth Vader. The last two Star Wars films have presented a few new villains to the Star Wars Universe. This category has another clear winner.

Kylo Ren

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Kylo Ren, besides Darth Vader, is my favorite villain in Star Wars. First of all his outfit is so cool. I love his short ragged, one shoulder cape, his silver lined mask, and his very awesome lightsaber. He also had one of the most surprising moments of The Force Awakens when he took his helmet off and instead of looking like some sort of evil, twisted being like Palpatine he actually looked human. Secondly his story is so interesting because unlike other villains in Star Wars he’s still developing. He killed Han Solo (which is still heartbreaking to this day) and, according to Supreme Leader Snoke, in the next movie he will be completing his training. That means he’ll only get scarier and more evil. I am very excited for this next Star Wars film.

General Hux

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Hux is cool because even as powerful as Kylo Ren is he’s the general of the First Order. It’s terrible because he was the one to come up with the idea to destroy the New Republic. One of my favorite planets in Star Wars is Coruscant so the part where Starkiller Base blows it up is very sad. I’m afraid to see what terrible new ideas he’ll concoct in the next movie.

Captain Phasma

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Captain Phasma is so awesome! First of all she’s the first and only female villain to be in a Star Wars movie. And she is so cool. I love her cape that only goes over one shoulder and her chromium armor is just beautiful. Unfortunately she didn’t have much of a role in The Force Awakens but thankfully she did live so I can’t wait to see her again.

Director Orson Krennic

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) Ph: Jonathan Olley �Lucasfilm LFL 2016.

In Rogue One there was Director Krennic. He was okay. He’s not very diabolical. He is ruthless but I wouldn’t call him truly evil. He’s just a tool of the Empire and Tarkin, who to me was the real villain of the movie, showed him that by taking command of the nearly completed Death Star. He’s not very memorable in the list of villains in Star Wars. The only thing that makes him cool is his squad of Death Troopers which were undoubtedly scarier than him and his beautiful white cape. If he didn’t have those two things he just might be the worst villain in Star Wars.

The Force Awakens definitely wins this category. Rogue One: 3 pts. The Force Awakens: 3 pts

The Story:

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This category has another clear winner. The Force Awakens has a good story. It introduced us to great new characters and situations but this movie was basically a prologue. On top of that it relied heavily on plot points of A New Hope. Rogue One was original, did a superb job of tying the movie to A New Hope, and it was a complete story.

Rogue One clearly gets the point. Rogue One: 4 pts. The Force Awakens: 3 pts.

The Music:

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Music is a central piece of Star Wars. Without that beautiful score John Williams created for A New Hope back in 1977 Star Wars might not have become as legendary as it is now. Michael Giacchino did a great job picking up the essence of John Williams’ score while giving Rogue One a different feeling than other Star Wars movies. I still love The Force Awaken’s music more because as good a job Giacchino did John Williams is still the master.

The Force Awakens ties again. Rogue One: 4 pts. The Force Awakens: 4 pts.

The Cinematography:

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This is the final category so after this there will be a winner. I loved The Force Awaken’s cinematography but it was rather basic and straightforward. The best shot in the entire movie to me was when Rey, Finn, and BB-8 are running across the sand on Jakku with those awesome explosions happening in the background and the tie fighter chasing after them. That was a special moment that stuck in my head since the first official trailer. Unfortunately, that was the only mind blowing shot in the whole movie. Rogue One had multiple mind blowing shots that wowed me. Here are just three amazing shots that had me stunned in the movies.

There was the Death Star eclipsing the sun while blowing the city on Jedha into oblivion. That was a terrifying moment. The giant AT-ACT appearing out of the smoke was amazing because it showed how terrifying the Empire is in the rebel’s eyes. And then finally, when the Death Star appears at the end of the movie like a horrible planet. That was another beautiful shot that stuck with me since the trailer.

Rogue One clearly wins this category. Gareth Edwards did such a great job directing Rogue One I really hope he makes another Star Wars movie. Rogue One: 5 pts. The Force Awakens: 4 pts.

So the winner is…Rogue One!

The Force Awakens put up a good fight but Rogue One just managed to edge it out. I hope the next Star Wars is better than both of these films combined.

The Music, Miscues and Visuals of Rogue One

Spoiler Alert

I will talk about a few things in the movie so if you haven’t seen it yet and you don’t want to know any details do not continue to read this.

The Music of Rogue One

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One of the best components of any film is the score. If the score is horrible the movie is horrible. Music makes you feel a certain way about certain things in movies. When I found out John Williams wasn’t doing the score for this movie I was definitely worried. Would the movie sound like Star Wars? And if it did would it even sound good? I happened to be very impressed with the fantastic score Michael Giacchino created.

First of all having someone other than John Williams make the score allowed the movie to feel fresh and new. There were many times in the movie when I found myself saying, “This score is awesome.” Particularly my favorite part was the music for Jedha. I loved how he made the music seem warlike while resembling the sound of Saw Gerrera’s suit. The Imperial theme was fantastic too. It felt like something definitely out of Star Wars but nothing like John Williams would ever make. The theme for Chirrut had an ancient tone that perfectly matched him since he’s supposed to be one of the last Guardians of the Whills. The music for Jyn and Cassian was beautiful and perfectly escalated in a saddening way when their doom became eminent. When the light rushes towards them as they’re embracing on the beach the score gets louder and louder until it stops as the light engulfs them. That was a powerful moment that Michael Giacchino precisely composed.

There were many other smaller pieces of wonderful music placed here and there that enhanced parts of scenes. One of these scenes was when Jyn and Cassian were climbing the data tower to get the plans. The music at that part is so, so good. It has a threatening tone because Director Krennic is walking to the data tower at the same time. This is one of those examples where the music made the scene just that much better.

Overall the score for Rogue One is amazing and definitely worthy of humming.

The Miscues of Rogue One

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As perfect as this movie was there were a few mistakes. First of all if this film is supposed to literally be right before A New Hope then where did all of this new technology come from? Where did all of the Death Troopers and Tie Strikers go? What about the Imperial Tank Soldiers? Are we really supposed to be believe that they all just somehow vanished? And the Imperial droids just like K-2SO? What happened to them? The First Order, which was thirty or so years after Return of the Jedi, didn’t even have that much new technology. Now don’t get me wrong. I love the new stormtroopers and ships. They’re very cool. I just wish they hadn’t introduced so many different Imperial things that we’ll never see in the original trilogy.

The use of the force was a little overkill. A lot of normal people were saying things about the force in this movie. Now nearly everyone who said something about the force had a legitimate reason for saying it. However when the rebel alliance were getting ready to go to Scarif and a random man on the intercom said, “May the force be with you” I was a little annoyed. The force in Star Wars is a pretty big deal. If you start just having anyone say “May the force be with you” it’ll take away the magic from that line and turn it into a kind of joke. Having that man on the intercom say that famous line was just about as bad as if K-2SO said “May the force be with you.”

Another miscue is Bodhi’s death. The way they ended his life was a little lackluster compared to everyone else. Every other main character, including Galen Erso who’s in the movie for a max of maybe four minutes, had a death worth remembering. Bodhi however finishes sending a crucial message to the rebel alliance, a stormtrooper spots him in the ship, throws a grenade, he sees the bomb in front of him, and then boom! It’s a strong contrast compared to Chirrut’s memorable demise before him.

And last but not least we come to Jyn. We are introduced to her locked away in what seems like an Imperial establishment. We then see her a few scenes later being taken to an Imperial labor camp. My question is how did she get there? What was she doing in her life at that time to get captured by the Empire? I was left to use my imagination of why she might be there because the movie never gave me an answer. If Rogue One had been that fragmented it would’ve been an entirely different movie.

The Visuals of Rogue One

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Since the trailers I have known this was going to be a visually stunning movie. And after watching it I was happy to see that it was. The very first thing you see is a ship flying across a ring of a planet. This reminded me of something you would see out of Interstellar. The rest of this movie was full of beautiful cinematography and visually appealing shots. I loved Gareth Edward’s vast vision of this Star Wars film. From the beautiful shots of the vast red plains of Jedha littered with giant rocks and half buried Jedi statues to Jyn atop the tall tower on Scarif with X-Wings and Tie Strikers fighting around the building. Those shots were so cool it stuck in my head, among many other things

One of my favorite parts is when Cassian and Jyn are going through the city on Jedha and the camera sweeps upward to show the massive underbelly of the Star Destroyer parked above the city. That is an amazing shot that really displayed the menace of the Empire at that time in the galaxy.

This is also the first Star Wars movie that really made the Death Star scary. Gareth Edwards did an incredible job showing how terrifying it would be if you saw the planet destroying space station in the sky. One of the many shots that accentuated the menace from the iconic weapon is when the Death Star eclipses the sun and blasts the sacred city on Jedha to oblivion. That was a frighteningly beautiful shot that truly enhanced the movie.

Overall Gareth Edward’s vision was stupendous and I hope he gets to make another Star Wars film.

 

My Review of Rogue One

Spoiler Alert

This post will contain spoilers so if you don’t want to know any details please do not read any further. I hope you enjoy and happy new year!

The New Locations

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I love that this movie showed us six brand new worlds that we’ve never seen before in Star Wars. There was the planet where Galen and his family resided, the Rings of Kafrene, Wobani, an imperial labor camp, Jedha, home to the last Jedi temple, Eadu, and Scarif. Even though it was brief my favorite new location was the trading outpost at the Rings of Kafrene. The concept of a small city placed in between two asteroids is amazing. I hope the next Star Wars has cool, original locations like Rogue One did.

The Return of Grand Moff Tarkin

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Having Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One was brilliant! The CGI used for him wasn’t the best but putting him in the movie was a great move because it cemented this film in the timeline of Star Wars. He was the best surprise of the movie and to me, was the real villain. Krennic was just the angry puppet. This also shows that Disney can bring any character back to the big screen.

The Action in Rogue One

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Death Troopers Ph: Jonathan Olley �Lucasfilm LFL 2016.

This movie was full of intense action that was superb in IMAX. The part where the rebels start fighting the stormtroopers in the city on Jedha is one of the many great action sequences. There were so many fantastically loud explosions and so much commotion it’ll take me a while to see everything that happened at that part. One of my favorite pieces in that sequence is when the walker came through the streets firing at everything in sight. That was really cool! This long action scene also allowed Jyn to show off her very impressive skills. Having Chirrut and Baze finish off that part by having them take down about a dozen stormtroopers was perfect and one of the highlights of the film to me.

The part when the Death Star blows up Jedha is my favorite part of the movie. I’ve always wanted to know just exactly what’s it like for the people on the surface of the planets that get annihilated. The Force Awakens gave a slight hint of how horrifying it is but Rogue One really elaborated on that terrible experience. I love when Bodhi is looking and there’s that giant cloud of huge chunks of rock and dirt coming towards them. When they barely escape and they show the space shot where the fire and dirt is reaching up into space all I could say was “Wow.” That part was jaw dropping in IMAX.

The action on Eadu was okay. I loved when Chirrut turned his stick into a crossbow and shot down that tie fighter. That was awesome. Baze protecting Jyn and Cassian from the droves of stormtroopers emerging from the facility in his perch on the rocks was another amazing part. I think he has the coolest gun that I have ever seen in Star Wars.

The space battle was fantastic. I loved how several times throughout the battle the camera had you in a cockpit flying alongside the other X-Wings. At those moments in IMAX it kind of felt like Star Tours at Disney World except without the moving seats. This was, for me, the best space battle out of all the Star Wars films.

The greatest part of the action on the surface of Scarif was when Chirrut, Baze, and the rebels are busy fighting the stormtroopers and that giant AT-ACT appeared out of the smoke. That was another one of those beautiful shots that enhanced the film because it truly showed how difficult it is to fight against the Empire.

The Unfortunate (and not so unfortunate) Demise of Everyone in Rogue One

pao-main_1588acf7 It’s sad because everyone died in this Star Wars film. K-2SO’s death was one I was not expecting. Before I had watched the movie I had predicted that he would undoubtedly live. A main droid has never gotten killed in a Star Wars movie so why would he? As I watched him riddled with blast holes from the horde of approaching stormtroopers I remember thinking, “Oh my goodness. He’s going to die.” And he did which was horrible.

Chirrut’s death was just as saddening. I really hoped he wouldn’t die because he was so cool. At first when he miraculously reached that switch I was so happy because he made it without getting shot. Then when he got knocked forward by that explosion as he was walking back to the ship I was shocked. At least he got to say goodbye to his best friend Baze but it was still sad.

Bodhi’s death was sudden and not that depressing. I wished they could’ve made his death a little more memorable.

Baze’s death was at least better than Bodhi’s. He shot Death Trooper after Death Trooper while taking blasts of his own. Unfortunately the last trooper he took down still had a ticking grenade in his hand and he became the third person to fall to an explosion. Fourth if you count Galen Erso on Eadu. The writers definitely weren’t trying to get creative with their individual deaths. They just decided to have each of them get blown up.

Director Krennic’s demise was well deserved. I loved when he looked up after getting shot and saw the Death Star in the sky. The weapon’s destruction that he thought was so beautiful was going to be his doom. He got the ultimate karma.

Jyn and Cassian’s death of course is the grimmest. The prequel trilogy tried to tell the love story between Anakin and Padme but thanks to bad acting and a terrible script when everything crumbles for them it’s not even close to sad. The romantic arc between Jyn and Cassian is perfectly written because it never feels forced or unnecessary. When they’re taking that elevator ride down to the beach they both realize like each other a whole lot. Their fate is unfortunately sealed however when the Death Star fires on the base. When they’re hugging each other on the beach and the bright light washes over them it’s a very solemn moment. I really hope the next Star Wars doesn’t have as high a death count.

Darth Vader is Back!

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It’s been decades since the iconic villain has had any substance in the Star Wars saga. In Rogue One he appeared in only three scenes but his impact on the film lived up to his standards. His first appearance in the movie was fantastic. First of all, Darth Vader has a castle? What?! And it’s on Mustafar?! I loved how Rogue One not only tied itself to A New Hope but it also recognized the prequel trilogy by putting his castle on the planet where he met his gruesome fate. The next time I watch Revenge of the Sith the Mustafar scenes will have an entirely new meaning.

I loved when the door opened and you could see Darth Vader’s shadow on the wall behind Director Krennic. That was a beautiful shot because it showed how nervous Krennic was while also displaying the menacing, awesome presence of the Sith Lord. Their conversation was brief but wonderful. When Darth Vader choked Krennic and then said, “Be careful not to choke on your aspirations” I was so excite Darth Vader was back and just as great as he once was.

The last scene with him was incredible! I remember when I watched it the first time I was wondering why the rebels were so scared. Then when out of the darkness came his iconic breath and blood red lightsaber my eyes widened in gleeful horror. I feel so sorry for those rebels. Darth Vader sliced and force choked his way through them like as if they were nothing. At that moment you realize just how frightening it would be to see Darth Vader if you weren’t a Jedi. I remember when I first heard Darth Vader was going to be in this film I was hoping he would have at least one scene where he would terrorize the rebels. Before this scene came I thought that the movie would end without him doing anything truly substantial. I’m so happy I was wrong. This, for me, is the second best scene with Darth Vader of all the Star Wars films. If him telling Luke that he was his father wasn’t so crucial to the Star Wars saga this would hands down be my favorite scene with him. Let’s hope there will be more standalone films in the future with even more Darth Vader in it.

The Conclusion of Rogue One

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And then when you think the movie can’t possibly get any better they throw a Leia bombshell on everybody. Seeing her at the very end of the movie was so fantastic because not only did it connect Rogue One and A New Hope like a puzzle piece but it showed, once again, that they can do so much with CGI these days. This was the perfect way to end the movie.

I give Rogue One a 95 out of 1oo. There are a few flaws but the story and endearing characters were so flawlessly written into this film that it definitely deserves an A. It also, without a doubt, is the best prequel. The cameos and nods to A New Hope never felt forced or unnecessary and only enriched the story of the 1977 film.

For me this is definitely one of the best Star Wars movies ever made. I can’t say it is the best for the reason that the other Star Wars episodes are just that, episodes. Those movies can’t reveal everything in one film. If the original trilogy could somehow be jammed into one movie it would be a very, very good movie full of plot twists.

Rogue One was such a fantastic entry into the Star Wars universe that I’m now super excited to see the Han Solo movie in 2018. If it’s anything like this film it’s going to be very enjoyable.

The Characters of Rogue One

Spoiler Alert

This is my list of the main characters in the new Star Wars movie from my favorite to least favorite. Now, all of the new people are great but some outshine others for various reasons. I will be talking about the characters in the movie so if you don’t want any details please do not read any further. Otherwise I hope you enjoy.

Captain Cassian Andor

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Cassian is hands down my favorite character in Rogue One. The reason why is because he was the most surprising. From the trailers and commercials I thought he was just the regular rebellion officer who was helping Jyn. I had no idea that he was a cold-blooded assassin who did all of the dirty work for the Rebel Alliance. In fact, I didn’t even know the Rebel Alliance was so ruthless behind closed doors. And picking Diego Luna to play him was brilliant. His accent immediately differentiated him from anyone else we’ve seen in Star Wars and his grim, stern expression summed him up within a few seconds without you having to know him for long.

Watching his transition from being the semi-villain to becoming a man with a conscience was to me one of the highlights of the story. And if it weren’t for him Jyn might’ve died at the hands of Director Krennic instead of from the blast of the Death Star. I’ll get to that later. So yes, he is my favorite new addition to Star Wars. Unfortunately he’s in only one movie.

K-2SO

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If Cassian hadn’t been such a surprise K-2SO would’ve definitely been my favorite character. K-2SO is C-3PO if he were cold, very straightforward, and could fight. He has the same humorous personality and literally made me laugh out loud. I mean when he slaps Cassian for speaking when Jyn and Cassian are supposed to be his prisoners I couldn’t help but laugh at the hilariousness of the situation. Or when you first meet him and as Jyn is trying to escape he picks her up, slams her to the ground and says, “You are being rescued.” That is simply hilarious. I could just go on and on about all the funny things he did in the movie but that would take too long. Is he my favorite droid in Star Wars? BB-8 still reigns supreme in my opinion for his extreme cuteness. (Can you call a droid cute?) Yet he is definitely a brilliantly conceptualized droid and will be remembered as one of the best new Star Wars characters. Too bad he also is in only one movie….

Chirrut Imwe

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Donnie Yen (Chirrut Imwe) Behind the ScChirrut Imweenes on set during production. Ph: Footage Frame ©Lucasfilm LFL 2016.

I remember when I first saw Chirrut in the early trailers. He looked so cool with his stark blue eyes. Then I found out he was blind and my liking for him grew even more. His ability to use the force in the movie is limited but brilliantly used as his source of sight. He can read people better than those who can actually see and his sweet personality makes him instantly lovable. And that fight scene with the stormtroopers on Jedha is epic. Once again he is another character that was so cool. I wish he wasn’t in just one movie. It really is a shame.

Director Orson Krennic

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) Ph: Jonathan Olley �Lucasfilm LFL 2016

He is definitely a fantastic villain in Star Wars. From when I first saw him in the early trailers with that grand white cape I was super excited to see him in the movie. He was definitely a different villain than someone like Tarkin or General Hux. He emitted a sort of posh vibe that was accentuated by that beautiful white cape. And unlike Tarkin and Hux he had a blaster of his own which he used to nearly kill Cassian in the tower on Scarif. He was also very ruthless with his band of Death Troopers always by his side to kill at his command. When he ordered the troopers to kill the assistant scientists instead of Galen who admitted he betrayed him I was shocked. It was a ruthless lesson to teach Galen and one that truly cemented his villainous ways. And his shuttle is pretty awesome.

Jyn Erso

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

I thought Jyn was a great new heroine in the Star Wars galaxy. Felicity Jones did a fantastic job molding into that character and making us forget who she was. My favorite aspect of Jyn was her toughness. She didn’t need anyone’s help and could take care of herself. Rey is still my favorite female character because she not only was an independent cool character but she ended up becoming a Jedi. Wow! I’m still amazed about that. So yes Jyn is an awesome addition to Star Wars but she still had to get saved at the end instead of taking Director Krennic on by herself unlike Rey who single handedly took down Kylo Ren twice. I definitely give her a thumbs up for killing all those stormtroopers on Jedha like a pro, though. That was pretty cool.

Bodhi Rook

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) Ph: Jonathan Olley �Lucasfilm LFL 2016.

Bodhi was great. He showed up earlier in the movie than I expected. And I liked how he was quick to have an attitude. If played by the wrong actor Bodhi might’ve been slightly annoying but Riz Ahmed played him perfectly. His expression when he first saw Saw Gerrera was one of the highlights of the film to me. And poor, poor Bodhi. I feel sorry for him. That interrogation he endured was horrific. I’m not surprised he nearly lost his mind from that experience. And his signifigance to A New Hope even happening is great because right before he died he was the one who sent the message to the rebels to receive the plans for the Death Star. That makes Bodhi a hero in the movie that I didn’t expect.

Baze Malbus

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Jiang Wen) Ph: Film Frame ©Lucasfilm LFL

Baze is yet another great character in Rogue One. His use of his very awesome, huge gun is incredible. One of my favorite parts in the Eadu sequence is when all of those stormtroopers come running out of the building and he just takes them down within seconds from his perch on the rocks. You can tell he is a hardened veteran who has been fighting the Empire for a long while.

Saw Gerrera

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) Ph: Giles Keyte ©Lucasfilm 2016 LTD.

 

Saw was another surprise in the movie. He emitted a slightly frightening presence with his hoarse voice, Darth Vaderish suit, and his brutal tactics. You can tell that the years and years of war had driven him slightly mad. The only time you can see who he used to be was when Jyn came to see him. He died much earlier in the movie than I thought but his significance to the movie with him relaying Galen Erso’s message to Jyn was crucial to the development of the story.

So this is my list. I really wish Cassian and Chirrut hadn’t died because they were so cool. I would love to see them in other movies. I am glad that these characters are now part of the Star Wars universe whether they are in one movie or not. And let’s hope in future Star Wars movies there will be even cooler characters that don’t last for only one movie.