Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

rogue_one2c_a_star_wars_story_posterYear: 2016

Synopsis: At the moment the Rebel Alliance seems on the verge of collapse, a group of rebels go on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

Pros:
• A strongly implemented story about finding hope in the most seemingly impossible of ways.
• The ensemble cast played their tortured characters with ease, regardless of their character’s allegiance.
• No rebel seemed immune to the darkness they needed to embrace for the sake of fighting tyranny.
• K2-SO was a perfectly built in peanut gallery, with the stealthiest of dark humor.
• Seeing main series characters like Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) and Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) were more than welcome.
• Seeing the Death Star used at even a fraction of its immense power was beautiful in the most horrific of ways.
• Largely succeeded in overcoming the prequel-origin story problems of predictability.

Cons:
• Some characters like Saw Gerrera (Forrest Whitaker) felt underused.
• Seemed unnecessary to digitally recreate some characters via motion capture like Grand Moff Tarkin, especially when Guy Henry already somewhat resembles Peter Cushing without makeup. Actors have been recast throughout the history of entertainment, and resemblance and practical makeup were usually enough to suspend disbelief.

Discussion:
If only just, Rogue One hit that rare sweet spot for most of being a spin-off that we wanted but never knew. Obviously, stealing the Death Star plans was a mission that gave hope to a dying rebellion through ultimate sacrifice, as was slightly elaborated by proxy with the mention of many Bothans dying to steal the plans for the second Death Star. Many love a good spy story, and it was always easy to theorize about what had to be done to steal the original plans of the oft-delayed super-weapon. The story finally told was beautiful, horrific, and breathtaking at times. This was a story about hope, and those that sought to wield it. Finding hope is not always easy in a galaxy run by the evil Sith. Yet, hope needed to be found no matter the cost.

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Rotten Tomatoes — 84%

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