Brilliant wasn’t it? It feels like Star Wars found its groove back again. Let’s talk about Rogue One: A Star Wars story.
Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm, I’ve been doubtful about the new identity of the most famous space saga (yes I’ve wittingly ignored Star Trek with this comment). Let’s be honest, just because Star Wars VII – The force awakens, was not a bad movie does not mean it was a good Star Wars either! Moving on, Rogue One has the advantage of being the first Star Wars spinoff and therefore did not have any rules to follow. Also, being written to be a unique movie and not supposed to bring future films allowed Rogue One to be more efficient in what it brings to Star Wars as a whole.
It’s good to be back in space
It is great to have this new point of view on a story which is a key element to the Alliance story but was never exploited before. I found it very exciting to follow this adventure constantly throwing a few winks at the original movie without copying it like Star Wars VII did. I even saw a reference to Starship Troopers but that might have only been in my mind… Anyway back to the story that was resumed in a few lines in the opening crawl of A New Hope.
The characters are interesting too. Jyn Erso has the perfect background story that gives her enough legitimacy to be important in the rebellion without being a key character to it that we never heard of in the story that follows (but was filmed before). The droid K-2SO is fun in his cynical way and the duality between him and Jyn makes you grin. Donnie Yen’s Chirrut Imwe is a representation of faith and hope, like a relic of an ancient galaxy (you know the one with Jedis and stuff like the Force) and well, he is absolutely the best!
And then there is the Death Star, Darth Vader, the Empire… in short: evil as its best. It is a worthy opponent in the movie, which brings you back to the spirit of the first trilogy and also a good tribute to George Lucas.
Action, visual effects and a cause worth fighting for
Rogue One offers everything you want in a space opera: an epic adventure with action and drama. In the last third of the movie that’s all it is! You are on the first row to see the Alliance strength being build thanks to the spirit of sacrifice of a few. I mean obviously “I’m with the Force and the Force is with me” resonated again and again in my head after I left the theatre.
No cute little space creatures or funny robots to divert your attention on what’s important here: stealing the plan of the Death Star and show you the first victory of the good on the Empire. Felicity Jones played a good part in maintaining the suspense in a story for which you already suspect what the end is going to be. She also proved to be great in a genre I was not expecting her. She impersonated a strong female warrior in a very masculine cast. For that, congrats!
As a conclusion I got to say, I missed the opening crawl in the beginning and the famous soundtrack that goes with it. But after a THRILLING ending connecting all the dots directly to the very beginning of the 1977 story, I felt blessed to hear that sweet little song reminding everyone that, yes, Rogue One is a Star Wars Story.