Number of Times Seen – 10 (15 Dec 2016, 26 Dec 2016, 18 Apr 2017, 4 Sep 2017, 25 Dec 2017, 14 Mar 2018, 26 Jul 2018, 20 Mar 2019, 20 May 2019 and 9 Sep 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A group of Rebels are sent on a mission to try and find the secret plans of The Empire’s new and deadly weapon which can be analyzed in order to find a weakness.
My Take on it – This film has now become the film that I have watched and reviewed the most ever since I started this blog 6 and a half years ago.
This film came out less than 3 years ago and I have now viewed it 10 times and each time it gets better and better.
It is one of the best films in the entire Star Wars saga and manages to stay thrilling from start to finish despite knowing the eventual outcome of things.
The movie’s story is quite impactful on the whole series since despite it being a slight tangent off of the main story line, it has major ramifications on everything that happens both before and after it.
The special effects are superbly rendered here and it helps make so much of this story feel even more realistic and genuine in all that they do even though this film takes place on various planets in a galaxy far far away.
The cast is relatively unknown and unrecognizable and that helps make things even more interesting to watch.
Each of the various characters are developed quite well so that we can really care about what will happen to them along the way in this story.
Despite being a side-story, they manage to touch upon many of the events and characters of the main story line in the series which helps make us believe everything that is happening.
The story itself feels fresh and original the whole time and doesn’t rehash events or parts of the other films.
The film’s climactic battle towards the end of the story is especially thrilling to watch since they are able to create such realistic air and land battles that are among the very best in the entire series.
The ultimate ending of this film, which is explained in the very first film in the series, doesn’t take away from the story at all and actually helps raise the stakes so high that things can become quite unpredictable.
The message of this film is all about hope in desperate situations and it is a theme that resonates throughout the film on numerous levels.
This message may yet be the most poignant and powerful one of the entire saga.
This film is my favorite among the non-original trilogy films of the series and I enjoy it even more and more on each subsequent viewing of this movie.
It is also the best film of 2016 IMHO and I already can’t wait to watch it again.
Bottom Line – Amazing film in the series that is among the very best. The fact that this is side-story that has major ramifications on the series helps make it even more impactful. The special effects are done superbly and that allows us to get a sense of things feeling even more genuine and real despite this story taking place on planets in a galaxy far far away. The relatively unknown cast works really well in establishing these new characters and they find a way to develop each of them enough for us to start caring about what will happen to them. The story manages to “touch” upon many characters and events of the central story of the Star Wars saga, yet things feel quite fresh and original the whole way through. The climactic battle towards the end is quite thrilling to watch especially due to the realism of the ground and air battles. Despite knowing the ultimate end of the story (which is seen in the original film in the series), they manage to raise the stakes quite high here for all of the characters involved. The message of hope resonates throughout and in some ways this film may have the most powerful message of all of the films in the saga. This is now my favorite film in the series that is not part of the original trilogy and is IMHO the best film of 2016. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Gareth Edwards instructed the art department to only use elements that would have been available in 1977 to get the movie to look contemporary to Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). The flight control animations, for example, had to be kept as simple as possible, resisting the urge to make them too ‘flashy’. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
Check out my *updated* movie stats here
To see my reviews of Oscar Winning Performances check out this link
To see my reviews of all Oscar Best Picture Winners click here (now complete)
Here is a link to my movie index A-Z