I might need to rewatch it and maybe let even more time pass, but right now I think Rogue One is my new favorite Star Wars movie. Oh, this is a review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
It’s now been more than a week since I’ve seen Rogue One on the big screen, so you could say I’ve had enough time to collect my thoughts. You could, but I won’t since I’m pretty sure I need even more. There will be no spoilers here so if you’ve yet to watch Rogue One, you need not worry. I’ll tell you what I liked about the movie, what could have been better and what Rogue One could mean for Star Wars going forward.
Star Wars: Episode 3.9 – Rogue One is actually a more accurate title for this film. No seriously, Rogue One can stand toe to toe with the original trilogy, and as much as I loved last year’s The Force Awakens, it wasn’t quite 100% there. Also Rogue One succeeds in doing something none of the prequel movies ever could, it actually improves the original 1977 Star Wars. That of course means you’ll absolutely want to move on to A New Hope right after finishing Rogue One. And yes, they do blend perfectly together. You might even consider Rogue One a prologue to that film. Now granted, this prologue has a longer running time (134 minutes versus 121 minutes for the original 1977 cut), which is a bit weird.
Besides being a perfect companion piece to A New Hope, in my opinion Rogue One is also probably the best Star Wars gateway for newcomers. You really don’t need to know much about anything to enjoy the film. They introduce mostly new characters and the story is pretty easy to follow. Now for fans it’s an absolute treat full of Easter eggs and plenty of throwbacks. I just wish they had more time to further develop those great new characters as most of them don’t get a lot of time to shine. Even so everyone is great and this was a squad I would have loved to see more of in future Star Wars movies.
Another problem I had, without going into spoilers, there was something in the movie that consistently managed to pull me out of the story. A certain CGI character could have used a lot more work and it’s hopefully something they will improve for the home release. I really hope they don’t plan to leave it like that. As far as Darth Vader goes, well it’s really not his movie so don’t go into Rogue One just for him. Instead just enjoy the mostly fantastic 5 minutes or so he gets. One scene in particular will make fans very happy.
“During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.” Rogue One is essentially this line from the middle of A New Hope‘s opening crawl, stretched into a feature length film. There are at least a thousand ways that could have gone wrong, but it didn’t. The movie works, it really really works. I give the film 4 out of 5 Kyber Crystals. Or was it 4 out of 4? I always seem to forget my scale. Let’s just call it a great movie you absolutely need to watch this holiday season.