Directed by Gareth Edwards
Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna
Running Time 134 Minutes, Rated PG-13
4 Mitch’s out of 5
The best ones stay with you. I came out of Roge One feeling good and feeling satisfied, but the scenes have stayed with me over the past few days. Something drives this film to another level, one could say that this film has a certain- wait for it…..- force to it (lame).
It’s right there in the title: A Star Wars Story, and that it is. A story that precedes to the point of exactly right before A New Hope. A story that deepens and enriches the Star Wars lore and mythology but so much more importantly, this is a story that holds up on its own.
On imdb the genre listed is sci-fi, but it should be listed as a war film first. George Lucas didn’t mince in the New Hope that the Imperial Guard was the Nazi regime and Rogue One tells this from the rebel side of a war torn Europe ravaged by it’s evil and it was the Rebels that back in WW2 helped change the tide for victory and that same power is translated to the Star Wars universe. There is power there in it’s message because this did happen, sure there weren’t lightsabers, but there was a sweeping hate that took advantage of people’s fear and masqueraded as the right way.
If I ever wondered why the Death Star had such a crippling flaw as it does, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” gives you a worthy and plausible explanation. Without getting into too much detail, Felicity Jones fiercely plays Jyn Erso the daughter of the scientist who created the Death Star, which is now just being completed and is ready to be unleashed on a less than unified Rebel Alliance. Erso is rescued by a Rebel intelligence agent played by Diego Luna and his trusted by sassy say-whatever-is-on-it’s-mind’ droid K-2SO (voiced by “Firefly” actor Alan Tudyk). Later the rag tag crew is joined by a blind warrior named Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen who is working on his ‘force’ skills, and I’m pretty sure his common house law scruffy nerf herder looking haired NRA card toting boyfriend Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen); rounded out by defected Imperial pilot Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed).
Forest Whitaker has some great scenes as a guerilla warfare leader, and even better Darth Vader returns and his scenes do not disappoint. Besides a ‘not worth it’ cameo by the “A New Hope” deceased Peter Cushing the rest of the lore doesn’t feel forced. Kudos also to the ending, not the most Disney way to end it and that’s a good thing.
Rogue One is a good thing.