Remember these names: Jyn Erso, Galen Erso, Captain Cassian Andor, Saw Gerrera, Bodhi Rook, Chirrut Îmwe, Baze Malbus and K-2SO. These names must be remembered because without these courageous and tenacious individuals who banded together to become a formidable team in the face of great danger, the Star Wars universe as we know it may be what it is now.
The Rebel Alliance has caught word that the Galactic Empire is in development of a super weapon capable of destroying an entire planet and they recruit Jyn Erso, a rebel fighting her own fight, to gather intel on this super weapon because they have reason to believe that her father, Galen, is the architect of this weapon. Jyn aligns herself with Captain Andor and his droid companion K-2SO to find answers and perhaps a weakness to this super weapon before the Empire unleashes it and wreaks havoc upon the galaxy.
In order to give the Rebel Alliance a fighting chance against this devastating terror, Jyn, Andor and a small band of rebels embark on a dangerous recon mission to steal the battle plans of the Empire’s Death Star and deliver them to the Rebels in the hopes of finding a weakness to exploit. This is the plot of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
My love and admiration for the Star Wars franchise goes back to my childhood and that love and admiration still goes strong to this day. I’ve been anticipating Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ever since I’ve heard that it was in development because I found this concept of this story fascinating because it’s so pivotal to the original canon and I could not be more satisfied with the finished product; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is definitely the real deal!
My hat’s off to director Gareth Edwards and the screenwriting tandem of Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy for not only introducing new characters in a story that positions itself to well to the iconic first film but for tying in so many memorable faces and moments that are so key to A New Hope; Rogue One is fun, it’s smart, it genuinely gets into the heart of what the Star Wars franchise truly is: a war drama/underdog story where it sends a message that even a small force with enough fight in them can overpower a bully and as a fan of the Star Wars franchise, I can say that Rogue One sets the stage beautifully for the original trilogy while tying in a few aspects from the prequel series as well as borrow from other branches such as the animated television series.
If you are a fan of a diverse cast, than Rogue One definitely comes through in a big way with rock-solid performances across the board! Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Alan Tudyk, Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Jimmy Smits, Alistair Petrie, Genevieve O’Reilly, all very good. I was also pleased that the film brought back James Earl Jones to lend his voice once again to the greatest film villain of all time but I was awestruck that Rogue One took the liberty to digitally resurrect Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin and restore another character to surprise audiences at the end of the film-I won’t say whom!
Michael Giacchino came in at the last minute to score this movie and he did a fine job in my opinion. I think John Williams would be proud for what he managed to accomplish in such a short amount of time. Greig Fraser’s cinematography was up to par for what you could expect in a Star Wars flick, John Gilroy, Colin Goudie and Jabez Olssen’s editing was clean and transitioned seamlessly from frame to frame, Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont’s production design was fine, the makeup and costumes were eye-catching, the visual effects were top marks, this was technically well-assembled and the execution demonstrated that.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a movie that is probably destined to be the highest grossing film of 2016 and it is definitely a movie that is not to be missed. Take my word for it when I say that the Force is assuredly with this movie!