[REVIEW] Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Caitlin Mclaren - Culture Editor


Rouge One exceeded all expectations and now Star Wars is going to get bigger and better especially under the Disney’s mass financial ability to create part of the story that we wanted bringing to life.

So the fact that there was no opening crawl for this segment of the Star Wars franchise stunned a lot of fans but in fairness, I think the film’s producer was right in leaving out an explanation that has already been given and opted for an exciting and informative beginning.

Rouge One focuses on the building of the Death Star, Galen Ersov (Mads Mikkelsen) is an important engineer who will be bringing Darth Vader’s ultimate weapon into reality. But when he disbands, to live a life of peace with his family after he sees the destruction it can cause then the Imperial demand his return immediately. This is when he begs his daughter Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), to run away. She is then raised by a rebel extremist, Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker), who raises her with the intention to reject the imperial rule and raise the rebel flag.

It was refreshing to see a female protagonist, annoyingly enough though, Jyn had many weaknesses which seems to be the case with every Hollywood portrayal of women. Her character’s determination throughout overshadows this throughout. Ofcourse a comedic relief character is necessary; we have K-2SO an imperial robot whose diagnostics have been overrun to become a statistics producer which provides us with much needed giggles throughout the dramatic events.

So onto the bad guys, Darth Vader’s return was more badass than you can imagine, once the imperial march erupted throughout the screen the audience knew that we were in for a well-deserved reminder of the brutality that he can provide. Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) was the figure of hatred throughout as he jerked our emotions as the arrogant creator of the Death Star.

The plotline, although basic was interweaved with all kinds of hints and Easter eggs which is always nice to see. What I like about Star Wars, is that when edited the films have all be consistent and the characters all became loveable and meshed together to create the perfect combination of evil and good. We have characters who we love to hate, such as Darth Vader, who massacre everything but we still have a soft spot for.

I am excited for what is yet to come from the saga, and don’t worry if you haven’t ever been interested in these films as they are standalone excellent! After thinking this was going to be a complete flop, you’ll find no disappointment from me.

“The Force is with me and I am one with The Force”

5 Stars

About Caitlin Mclaren: Editor-in-Chief 119 Articles
I like writing, editing and making new mates. Newcomer of the Year 2016 Editor of the Year 2016 Editor of the Year 2017 Elected Media Officer of UCLan Students' Union 2017/18

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