Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) – Encore Review 8

“If we can make it to the ground, we’ll take the next chance. And the next. On and on until we win… or the chances are spent. ” – Jyn Erso

Number of Times Seen – 9 (15 Dec 2016, 26 Dec 2016, 18 Apr 2017, 4 Sep 2017, 25 Dec 2017, 14 Mar 2018, 26 Jul 2018, 20 Mar 2019 and 20 May 2019)

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

Brief Synopsis – The Rebel Alliance seeks out the daughter of an Imperial Scientist after receiving reports that he may have important information for them.

My Take on it – This is clearly my favorite Star Wars film outside of the original trilogy and the fact that I’ve seen it 9 times in just 2 and a half years says so much about that.

Having said that, it’s quite fitting that the timeline of this film is within kissing distance of the Original trilogy and is even mentioned in the opening crawl of the first Star Wars film that takes place days after the events of this film.

The ability to create such a compelling story based solely on a line of text is amazing especially given the story of this film.

They are able to easily transport us to uncertain times before the Rebellion began to turn the tide against the Empire.

The characters are all new ones never mentioned previously in other Star Wars stories which adds so much more to the way we can react to them since no one is safe base don future information and this adds so much to the suspense of this films plot since everyone is truly expendable.

The only “real” connections to the Star Wars canon is the situations and some minor characters who have small roles here like Bail Organa (from the prequel trilogy), Mon Monthma, (from the prequel series and Jedi, a quick appearance by two famous characters from the Cantina in A New Hope and of course a small cameo by R2D2 and C3PO.

This allows them to create a situation where most of the characters will never see the light of another film appearance because they won’t make it out of this one alive which raises the stakes even higher than most of the characters in the other 9 films in the series.

The Prequels allow us to see characters who we will revisit years later in the original trilogy and of course the Jedi who we know won’t make it past the Emperor’s purge,. but this film takes it one step further since these are all unknown characters who’s fates are not connected to any other film.

The battle scenes in this film are some of the best ones in the series especially since we get to see night raids by X-Wings and also get to see how guerrilla warfare style and tactics could be used in a ground assault.

The way that they are able to make the technology seem sophisticated yet not as advanced as what was used when the original film came out in ’77 is done really well and plausible so we can believe things as they are shown to us.

I love this film so much and can’t wait to see it again soon even though I’ve seen it so often over the past 2 and a half years.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Chirrut, Jyn, Cassian, and Baze are being led around with hoods over their heads, Chirrut is the only one who doesn’t stumble. (From IMDB)

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


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