This week saw the release of one of my most anticipated movies of 2016, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Set between Episodes 3 and 4, the film tells the tale of how the Rebel Alliance managed to steal the plans for the Death Star, as well as the growth of the rebellion against the Empire. Directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla; Monsters) and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk and Donnie Yen; this film is up there with the Star Wars greats.
The casting is amazing. Each character plays their role very well, with Yen and Tudyk being very memorable characters. Chirrut Imwe (Yen) played a warrior monk style character, who seemed to have some sort of connection to the Force. This character was very well written, as was Tudyk’s K2SO, providing much of the comic relief for the movie. This droid was a drastic change from C3PO, being a much more practical member of the team. Darth Vader’s cameo was epic, really showing off the strength and power of the character in a way that we haven’t seen before.
Rogue One contains many memorable scenes; scenes that will remain up there with classic Star Wars scenes. This space battles are well shot, as are the ground battles; and CGI and practical effects blend effortlessly.
This movie was engaging the whole way though, although at two hours and fifteen minutes, it was quite long.
Rogue One was another step in the right direction for Star Wars films. Bring on Episode VIII.