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‘Rogue One’ recieves a B

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was released just a couple weeks ago to the delight of countless Star Wars fans across the world. As it’s one of the biggest releases of the year, there’s one question that must be asked — is it good?

Well, yeah! Kinda.

 

Rogue One, for short, tells the story of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), the daughter of Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen). Galen is taken away by the galactic empire during Jyn’s youth, and is forced to engineer a super-weapon called the Death Star. Years later, Jyn joins a gang of rebels in an attempt to find her father and the Death Star plans which she will hand over to the Rebellion, attempting to destroy the Death Star once and for all.

 

Rogue One is a very fun movie that’s filled with explosions, some endearing characters and an exciting world. Sadly, that’s about all Rogue One is — a fun movie that’s only meant to be seen once. My biggest issue with the film is that it glosses over what is perhaps the most important aspect of Star Wars as a whole: the characters.

 

Throughout the film we are introduced to numerous characters  that we’re supposed to care about, but the film never spends enough time on any specific characters endeavors to actually make us care about them. After leaving the theater I thought about the movie, and I was actually incapable of remembering a single character’s name, other than the comic relief of the film, K-2SO (Alan Tudyk). This is incredibly bad for the film as a large portion of it attempted to jerk tears out of the audience when showing the relationship between Jyn and Galen, however none of these scenes actually made me feel any real emotion.

 

The first act of the film is by far the worst overall. It’s edited as to show what the individual members of the rebel team are doing before they team up. However, because they’re all on different planets, it’s choppy and doesn’t give enough time to each character to peak any real interest. The first act felt rushed, as if it was tossed to the side to make space for the later portions of the film.

 

The movie also featured certain human characters completely made in CGI, as the previous actors playing those roles have either passed away or were too old. There were numerous scenes they were in, and it was extremely distracting, as I was confused whether or not the characters were CGI or not the entire time. However, the rest of the CGI in the film was well developed and interpolated — no complaints there.

 

One thing the move did extremely well where the action sequences. There’s one sequence in specific where the rebel team is infiltrating an Empire outpost at night, which was thrilling and undeniably fun to watch. There’s also one shot at the end of the film, that — without spoilers — is genuinely the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in a Star Wars movie.

 

Rogue One remains a good movie for more than the action sequences. The comedy in the movie is endearing the action sequences were great and the subtle nods to the rest of the series were appreciated. But Rogue One never lives up to its full potential, which is the worst part about it.

 

Rogue One simply wasn’t Rogue enough. I wanted a Star Wars movie that showed a rough, rowdy and ultimately awesome group of rebels faced with a seemingly insurmountable task.. Instead, what I got was a group of characters who I couldn’t remember a minute after leaving the theater that fought a battle they were destined to win. For these reasons, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story earns a B.

 

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  1. Cameron Crowley on April 19th, 2018 8:27 am

    I agree strongly with this review. There was some more they could’ve added but they hit the mark for the most part.

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