After the mixed to positive reactions to The Force Awakens, Disney & Lucasfilm announced that they’re gonna make more Star Wars films ranging from a new trilogy set after the original films, & a number of spin offs including Han Solo, Boba Fett, & more yet to confirmed in the future.
The first film related to an “anthology series” of the franchise is Star Wars Episode 3.5 Rogue One. Why a decimal? Because it’s set after Revenge Of The Sith & a few days before A New Hope. Remember the animated film The Clone Wars? It’s considered Episode 2.5 because it’s set between Episodes 2 & 3.
Because of the negative reactions of the prequel trilogy from longtime fans & critics, Disney/Lucasfilm decided to make a “true prequel” to A New Hope. Did it payoff as I expected it to be from the marketing? Let me share my thoughts on Rogue One.
Keep in mind this is Spoiler Free. If you never got a chance to see it yet.
Cool: The Premise of the film perfectly sets up A New Hope.
The Visual Effects look beautiful with a mix of practical and C.G.I. similar to The Force Awakens.
Newcomers were very interesting such as Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso unlike Princess Lea, Padme, Ahsoka, & Rey, she’s like an Ellen Ripley (from Alien) type of character, (lead character) Donnie Yen as Imwe, a blind warrior similar to Daredevil, and my favorite out of the new characters is Alan Tudyk as K-2S0, a reprogrammed imperial droid now helping The Rebel Alliance.
Fun Fact: Alan Tudyk also played a robot named Sonny, in I Robot.
The film shows a gritty realistic depiction of war in the style of Saving Private Ryan.
No forced romance between two characters, this is a pure war film without love.
Rogue One didn’t recycle the other films, making this midquel feel so unique.
The Best Line in this film is, “Be careful not to choke on your aspirations director.” You hear that filmmakers, you should do as he/she says!
Battle sequences felt organic, they’re filled with lots of gunplay, space battles, and a lot of intensity.
James Earl Jones reprises his role as Darth Vader and he is back & better than ever. Felt like an extra treat after a delicious meal.
Besides Darth Vader, familiar characters from The Original Trilogy appear in Rogue One. I refuse to tell you who’s in it. You’ll have to see the film for yourself.
Plenty of Easter Eggs connected to The Clone Wars & Episode 4.
The ending felt strong but I’m not gonna give it away if you haven’t seen the movie.
One scene from the film resembled something off of a slasher film. This leaves me no choice but to give it a bunch of Bonus Points, because this scene managed to put a smile on my face.
Thank god Jar Jar wasn’t in this, if he were in it, I want The Death Star to use him as target practice.
Garbage: There’s no opening crawl. You can’t start a Star Wars movie without it. It’s as if the national anthem didn’t play before a football or baseball game.
Forrest Whitaker sounded like Marlon Brando in The Godfather. Why couldn’t he use an American accent?
Several scenes from the previews are missing in the final cut. This is Suicide Squad all over again!
Final Verdict: A-
For those who haven’t seen it, please get off your butt & support this movie. It is definitely worth your money. Disney you did an excellent job on not turning Star Wars into a Disney Junior like series.