“What do you know? We don’t all have the luxury of deciding when and where we want to care about something. Suddenly the Rebellion is real for you. Some of us live it. I’ve been in this fight since I was *six* years old. You’re not the only one who lost everything. Some of us just decided to do something about it.” – Cassian Andor
Number of Times Seen – 4 (15 Dec 2016, 26 Dec 2016, 18 Apr 2017 and 4 Sep 2017)
Brief Synopsis – The Rebel Alliance receives word from an Imperial defector that he has information about the newest Imperial super weapon.
My Take on it – This is a story that many of us had been waiting to see for nearly 40 years.
The fact that this film is based solely on a few lines from the opening crawl of text of the original Star Wars movie – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) makes it quite unique in the history of movies.
I’m pretty sure that this kind of thing was never done before.
They do an amazing job here of immersing us in the world originally created by George Lucas an the added idea that none of the main characters are known to us from previous installments of this series helps give the universe a much more expanded feeling.
I loved all of the new characters and it was nice to see a story that doesn’t revolve around the Skywalker family because it allows us to get a wider view of the affect of the Empire on the fate of the galaxy.
The added use of modern action techniques in the battle scenes make them much more thrilling to watch and the ground battle on Scarif is one of the best in the entire 8 films of the franchise (so far).
The story itself is written in a very gripping fashion with some nice jokes thrown in here and there, but we understand the gravity and importance of everything that transpires here.
The ability to create new venues and locations for the story to take place in while also visiting known worlds also does wonders in making this universe feel so real and properly “worn”.
Thankfully, Lucas himself didn’t need to write the dialogue for these characters and instead of the usual corny speeches that we are used to, we get some great character interactions that helps us gain better understanding of everything that is at stake here.
Knowing what transpires immediately after the end of this film also helps keep us so interested in seeing not where we are going but the more important how we get there aspect of it all.
This film is a great stand alone story in the series that lives up to the potential expected and even surpasses it in many instances.
It is truly an integral part in this ever expanding franchise.
Bottom Line – So amazing that this film is solely based on a line of dialogue from the original film’s intro text. Really immerses us in the world created by Lucas but it is more fleshed out here than ever before. Great to see a real action packed battle the way that we always wanted to see it done. The characters are all interesting and the fact that this is the first film in the series to include all new characters, we get to see a story of the expanded universe that doesn’t revolve around the Skywalker family history. The storyline itself is quite gripping and the ability to transport us to new venues and locations the whole time helps this film feel even more universal. The dialogue is great because it flows quite well and keeps us interested in all that happens the whole time. Great stand alone story that lives up to the being an integral part of this ever growing and expanding franchise. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – To confer the intended look of the ground battles, director Gareth Edwards and the design team simply took old pictures taken during World War II and Vietnam, replaced army helmets with Rebel head covers, and added X-Wings into the shots. They also drew storyboards inspired by photos from Middle-Eastern conflict zones. Representatives of the studio were immediately taken by the imagery, and encouraged him to proceed with the idea. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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