A year after Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens, we get another Star Wars movie. Can Rouge One deliver? This is a question many fans (including myself) wondered since its announcement. I mean, this is the first spin off film that isn’t directly about the Skywalkers. Director, Gareth Edwards, only has one blockbuster under his belt (2014’s Godzilla). So, again, can they pull it off? The answer is hell yes.
The film starts off by showing us a different side of Star Wars that we’ve never seen before. We actually get to see what the Empire does and how it effects the every day person living in the galaxy. It sucks. Then, we get to see that the Rebellion isn’t so black and white. There is a grey area there that each rebel must cross to keep the rebellion going, which we get to see our characters deal with. It also sucks, but I’m glad we got to see it. Some characters don’t get much of a backstory, but I’m glad they didn’t. It would’ve snarled the pace. We just get to see them in action and I’m perfectly fine with that.
Felicity Jone’s Jyn Erso was a, strong character. Her back story was tragic, but I felt that her reasoning to help the rebellion was kind of forced. She is still a much welcomed addition to the Star Wars universe. I can’t talk about welcomed additions to the mix with out mentioning my favorite character, K-2SO, who was amazing and stole every scene he was in. Then we have the bad ass character, Chirrut, played by the real life bad ass, Donnie Yen. He was the optimist of the group and showed a different use of the force the we are used to seeing. Then we have Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera who didn’t really do much of anything except show us that apparently there are giant CGI squidbillies who can read minds. Without spoiling anything, I will say that there are a few CGI characters that blew my mind. The special effects are some of the best in the series. There’s an awesome scene towards the end that fans will be talking about for years to come and may be the best scene in any Star Wars film.
In the end, Rouge One is just as good as you thought it’d be. I think that some of the fans who were kind of bummed about the “rehash” of some of the plot elements in the force awakens will be very happy with this entry into the Star Wars universe. Gareth Edwards proves that he is a master director, because not only was the movie great, it was also gorgeous to watch. I do believe that this is an amazing film and is FINALLY a worthy prequel to the original trilogy. I left impressed and completely satisfied. I’m going to give Rouge One 9 mind reading squidbillies out of 10.