Movie Review: ROGUE ONE – A STAR WARS STORY
Star Rating (out of 5): ****
ROGUE ONE is something new inside an extremely familiar box: the first stand-alone Star Wars movie. In classic hero team-up movie style, it tells the story of a bunch of rebellious outcasts who unite to fight a huge, powerful enemy. In this case, we’re of course talking about the Empire.
Director Gareth Edwards and his creative team including Bourne Series writer Tony Gilroy have managed to bring a fresh feel to the Star Wars universe. I found the narrative pace, the emotional impact of the characters and the visual style more engaging than “The Force Awakens”. The new faces help a lot, too – bringing together the British acting chops of Felicity Jones with the unique personality of Riz Ahmed and the martial arts of Donnie Yen is a pretty impressive mix. It works well for most of the film, as does the less-geeky-than-usual humor.
The mission in the film is very Star Wars, and I’m just gonna be honest – I’m not one of the geeks. So having a bunch of people (and, uh… things) sacrificing their lives for some data drive that allegedly holds the secret of the Death Star… that part felt corny. Much like those Nazi pants. And how it all climaxes with a light saber-wielding Darth Vader, who will always make me laugh. Just not my thing. Sorry!
If you’re with the Force, ROGUE ONE will surprise and entertain you as a fresh take on familiar things that you love. If you’re not, this will probably be the most fun you’ll have with anything so far from the franchise.
Review by: SAM SILBER