From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.
If you love action films you gotta go see this film- You do not need to be a Star Wars fan to love it! and if you don’t believe me check these reviews out!
Sara Stewart (New York Post)
“Rogue One is definitive proof: Star Wars is back, baby. Much like last year’s The Force Awakens, it rights so many wrongs perpetrated by that loathsome trio of films from the late ’90s/early aughts. Despite being merely A Star Wars Story, which makes it sound flimsy and fan-fictiony, this is a worthy entry in the franchise, from its formidable heroine (Felicity Jones) to its canny blend of innovation and nostalgia, of human-scale drama and judicious special effects.”
Justin Chang (Los Angeles Times)
Leading the mission this time is Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a defiant young warrior whom we first encounter as a young girl being cruelly separated from her parents. After her scientist father, Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen, excellent), is taken prisoner by the ambitious Imperial leader Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn, ditto), Jyn spends the next few years being raised and trained by Saw Gerrera, a Rebel extremist who was introduced in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and who here takes on the imposing live-action form of Forest Whitaker. Saw’s backstory, like those of many characters in Rogue One, is murky, ill-defined, and tossed off with the kind of rapid-fire exposition that is likely to leave more than a few Star Wars neophytes (OK, me) in the dark. My republic for a flow chart! Fortunately, the casting — one of the franchise’s consistent strong suits over the years — is especially sharp this time around, and more often than not the choppiness of the storytelling and the lapses in character development are overwhelmed by the sheer force (ahem) of the actors’ personalities.”
Rodrigo Perez (The Playlist)
“Much of the morally gray texture of the movie is a welcome change of pace from the black and white stripes of the heroes and villains of the original trilogies. Much of this conflicted layering and darker tone is introduced through the character of Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), a veteran spy and Rebellion intelligence officer. A man of conviction, Andor’s had to risk lives and employ questionable methods in the name of the cause. The notion of doing what’s right and living with a clear conscience weighs heavy over the characters in Rogue One as guilt and regret plays a central role in the motif of misplaced ideals. Edwards’ film demystifies the notion of heroes; these are damaged human beings, many of whom have made mistakes and live with their own baggage. Rogue One also accentuates the immediacy of freedom fighters living on the fringes. Like an underground French resistance that is outgunned and outmanned, living during the Nazi regime, Rogue One features a remarkably real anxiety.”
Bryan Bishop (The Verge)
If the original Star Wars was a nostalgic throwback to the era of sci-fi serials, thus far Nouveau Star Wars has been a nostalgic throwback to the era of seeing movies without trailers spoiling everything, and my advice with Rogue One is to go in knowing as few plot details as possible. But you’ll have to pay attention. The movie moves quickly, and Rogue One throws a lot at its audience in the first hour without much beyond sheer momentum to hold things together. Unlike a traditional Star Wars sequel (or prequel), Rogue One has to build itself — and establish its characters — from the ground up, and the film occasionally struggles with the workload. Breaking from the hero’s-journey convention that powered the original Star Wars trilogy is part of what makes the idea of a standalone movie so compelling, but at times, the film doesn’t entirely know where to place its emphasis. It’s torn between the Empire’s nefarious actions, the Rebellion’s politics, and the gradual coming together of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and her ragtag group of freedom fighters.
Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)
“As always, a Star Wars movie lives or dies depending on how much we give a damn or don’t about the characters. Luckily, there are no cutesy Ewoks to soften Jyn’s journey into the heart of Imperial darkness. It’s no lie that some of the interactions get lost under the weight of front-loaded exposition. But with the smashing Jones giving us a female warrior to rank with the great ones and a cast that knows how to keep it real even in a sci-fi fantasy, Rogue One proves itself a Star Wars story worth telling. It’s hard not to get choked up with that blind monk when he chants, “I’m with the Force and the Force is with me.” Who’d want it any other way?”