Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) – Encore Review 7

“[Answering to what chances the Rebellion has against the Death Star] What chance do we have? The question is “what choice.” Run, hide, plead for mercy, scatter your forces. You give way to an enemy this evil with this much power and you condemn the galaxy to an eternity of submission. The time to fight is now! ” – Jyn Erso

Number of Times Seen – 8 (15 Dec 2016, 26 Dec 2016, 18 Apr 2017, 4 Sep 2017, 25 Dec 2017, 14 Mar 2018, 26 Jul 2018 and 20 Mar 2019)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A small group of Rebels are sent on a mission to try and recover the plans for the Empire’s new Deadly weapon in order to try and find a weakness.

My Take on it – This is a film that I loved from the very first time that I saw it in the theater a little more 2 years ago and have enjoyed it more and more on each of the subsequent times that I’ve had the opportunity to see it again.

I can now say that it is definitely my favorite Star Wars film outside of the original trilogy.

This is a film that is able to draw the viewer in deeper and deeper as we see a very small part of an epic story that actually began as a line of narrative in the original Star Wars film; Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977).

The fact that parts of this film are predictable from the very start due to the nature of the plot doesn’t diminish things at all and actually enhances things because we get to see things realized that beforehand were just cursory speculation.

The message and underlying premise of this film feels quite epic despite dealing with a very small tip of an iceberg of a story of epic proportions.

They do a nice job of developing the new characters introduced here and even in such a small time, they find a way to endear them to us since we get a clear understanding as to why they choose to go on this very dangerous mission.

This film is able to use its special effects in a great way because it enhances the way that the story is told by making us feel as if we are viewing a story that takes place in a very “lived-in” world that feels so real even if it takes place in outer space on distant worlds.

The film gives us the message of hope throughout and it constantly resonates through the actions of the characters and events to a point where we get a very clear sense of how everything that occurs here will reflect on the future of the galaxy that we all have known and loved for over 4 decades.

The music is also done exceptionally well and it is able to enhance the story since it gives the viewer the feel of the message of hope that is ever present.

The action scenes are shown in an amazing way and this film is able to have the best sci-fi combat scenes ever on film especially since it allows us to see a battle fought simultaneously from the ground, air and space so epicly.

The connections to the original trilogy are neatly sewn into the fabric of this film in order to give things an even greater connection to the events that came from the actions of this story .

Bottom Line – This is now my favorite film in the Star Wars saga right after the original trilogy. Every time that I’ve seen this film, it gets better and better because it is able to draw the viewer in to a small part of a huge saga and eventhough parts of the films are predictable due to the nature of it all, they are able to add so much to the message and underlying premise of it all for things to feel epic even on such a small scale. The characters are developed really well and it’s easy to understand why they would all choose to do this mission that they are embarking on. The special effects are able to enhance the film so much and it helps us feel as if we are watching a sci-fi story that takes place in a “real” world because it all feels so lived in the entire time.  The message of hope resonates throughout this film over and over which allows us to get a clear sense about how much the actions of these characters will affect the future of the world that we all have loved for over 40 years.  The music also enhances the story because it allows us to feel the message of hope that is ever present.  The action scenes are among some of the best filmed in a Star Wars movie and they allow us to see what sci-fi combat really should be like especially when dealing with fighting from both the land and the air. The connections to the original trilogy are great especially since this film is solely based on one line of narrative from the very first film of the series. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Chirrut (Donnie Yen) stated “the strongest stars have hearts of kyber.” As kyber crystals are revealed to be used as fuel for the Death Star, it makes the station’s name quite appropriate. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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