“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is an oddity for me to review. I try my best not to include spoilers but let’s face it, this is technically episode 3.5 and if you’ve seen “Star Wars: A New Hope” then you already know how this ends. I feel as though the more important question here is: Will you care? Is there enough in this movie to keep you invested from beginning to end?
Story wise, it’s a tale that every Star Wars fan knows by heart. A band of unlikely heroes come together to steal the plans to the Death Star. In doing so, they each become a part of something greater than themselves.
I’m sure that the powers that be didn’t make this movie just for my behalf, but I’ve always had a few points of contention when it came to “Star Wars: A New Hope” and this movie seems to take great strides to lay those concerns to rest. For example, I had always wondered why, in the grand scheme of things, would the most powerful entity in the galaxy build a weak spot on their ultimate weapon.
“Rogue One” not only provides us with the most simplistic of answers but in doing so, casts the first movie of the classic trilogy in a whole new light.
I applaud Gareth Edwards in this outing. He frequently gives us powerful visuals that show off the director’s gift for scale. And despite the fact viewers already know the outcome, “Rogue One” holds your attention until the very end through the action beats and the surprisingly emotional moments.
If there was one thing that I felt could have used more attention, it would be the characters. Our main group of would be heroes does their best to stand out, but other than Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) I feel as though they just fall short of memorable. The roles that these characters play in order to complete the mission will stand out more than the characters themselves and I feel it fair to say that you probably won’t remember their names a month from now.
“Rogue One” is a new movie set in a familiar background showcasing an important moment in the Star Wars timeline, but does it achieve what it set out to do? Set aside the loads of nostalgia and fanfare and I am confident in saying yes. Yes it does. At the very least, it brings us “A New Hope.”