Four out of Five Dangers
(DM) — Rogue One doesn’t follow the standard Star Wars formula and for this the film goers are rewarded with a perfect 10 of a film. So many Star Wars questions get answered! Does it fill in the gap between Episode three and four? No.
Does it lead into Episode four of Star Wars, A New Hope? Absolutely. Rogue One even answers the question how the film gets its name. In many ways Rogue One is the byproduct of 40 years of questions people begun to ask after the very first Star Wars, A New Hope hit theaters in 1977.
Despite technology falling short of replicating a human in cinema it has come far enough to assist in bringing back some of your favorite and obscure Star Wars characters.
The manner in which Rogue One plays on the Star Wars formula is no more than a nod to how it works in Star Wars! For any cosplay fan out there we do have a huge list of new characters that won’t require too much effort to replicate and to that end many real life fans in diverse cultures will find someone that looks like them in Rogue One.
You know the scene. The iconic entry of Darth Vader entering the rebel ship stating several transmissions were sent to it? Those types of questions fans have asked for years are addressed. The more obvious questions won’t be mentioned in this review to keep it genuinely spoiler free.
Star Wars, Rogue One is a can’t miss. The action builds and when it delivers it has purpose unlike what you was delivered in the prequel trilogy. The use of practical special effects paid off too. No longer do you think you are looking at actors against green screen. There is authentic feel in all the action scenes which cross from space to terra firma exceptionally well.
Another huge bonus of Rogue One is the placement of new actors in key roles. It doesn’t suffer from Tom Cruise like characters assuming the best roles simply because they have star power. With fresh new faces we feel the story is yet more real. I’m not looking at a big name actor in a scene, I’m looking at the character.
While that is easy you’ll find yourself also playing a game of asking yourself, how close in age are these players to Luke Skywalker in age? Were their parents around when Obi Wan witnessed Darth Vader’s jump to the dark side of the force?
What’s best is you can stand up in the audience before the film rolls, announce, “Sorry folks, but just want to ruin this for you all! The Death Star does get blown up in the end!” And unless everyone has been under a rock you can’t spoil the ultimate outcome. What you do ask yourself is what is the fate of each character I’m meeting in this film. That is the tension you come to terms with as you watch Rogue One.
Don’t miss this film if you’ve been aggravated by the last four Star Wars films lack of originality. This one is the ultimate irony in action. We know what happens but the journey is the ride we’ve all been waiting for.