Rogue One

Published on December 16th, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story..L to R: Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and K-2SO (Alan Tudyk)..Ph: Jonathan Olley..© 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Grade C

Rogue One, the first attempt at a Star Wars one shot film is in theaters this weekend. Fans have been lined up for days to see if. But if you are just a casual fan, this is probably on your must see list. So here are my thoughts on this new addition to the Galaxy Far Far Away. 

We are introduced to a slew of new characters. The Erso family, A hot shot rebel Cassian and his smart ass droid K2-SO, Krennic the Imperial nuisance, blind monk and his beefed up body guard, Forrest Whittaker as no limbs McGee. Okay clearly by now you can tell I’m taking some liberties with this massive cast. 

That is only one of the massive problems plaguing Rogue One. The basic plot run down is that this takes place prior to Episode IV: A New Hope. It tells the story of just how the rebellion got its hands on the Death Star plans. 

So we have this massive slew of characters. Many whom aren’t existent in episode four. So because of this, it is as if the script writers didn’t care to give any attachment or character development to about 95 percent of the characters. And our main star, Jyn Erso can’t seem to ever commit. And when she does, it requires a big inspiring speech or two or three. This also includes a gratuitous and unnecessary  speech on the transport ship on the way get the Death Star plans. 

Oh and you remember all those super intense fighting scenes you see in the movie trailer. Those are gone. 

So ultimately in an attempt to make a gritty, dark, and bleak Star Wars film, the creators forgot to make it exciting, fun, and interesting. Because frankly Empire was still fun and exciting, even if it was darker and bleak. We also cared about the characters in Empire. I unfortunately can not say the same for Rogue One. I don’t think I cared about anyone in it except K2. 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Felicity Jones) Ph: Film Frame ©Lucasfilm LFL

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
(Felicity Jones)
Ph: Film Frame
©Lucasfilm LFL

The final straw for me in the movie was the use of CGI to add characters like Tarkin and a brief glimpse of young Leia. Unfortunately the technology isn’t quite there yet, the straight on shots are jarring and it’s obvious CGI. 

I’m sure you will hear plenty of people drinking the koolaid and saying it’s amazing and so good. I just expected better and was let down. I loved Force Awakens, it was so much fun to watch and I wasn’t overwhelmed with so many new characters. I cared about Finn, Rey, and BB 8. 

Rogue One left me without care for any of its characters, and disappointed in the story telling. It’s trying to hard to be gritty and just comes off as empty and flat. 

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