What’s it about?
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is an anthology film set in the star wars Universe.
It follows a ragtag group of rebels as they attempt to steal the plans for The Death Star, a powerful weapon that is capable of destroying entire planets, that the empire has been secretly building. Led by Jyn Urso, the daughter of the architect of the Death Star, the team must infiltrate a heavily guarded base as the fate of the entire galaxy rests on it.
At the beginning of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, we are told that the plans to the Death Star have been obtained with great peril to the rebellion fighters and this film brings that adventure to life and seamlessly merges it with Episode IV. Almost everything about this film is great. With cutting edge VFX and the trademark Star Wars brand of adventure, this film is pure popcorn entertainment. Even though this is a gritty war film of sorts( a new for the Star Wars saga), it manages to add touches of humour to the proceedings which makes it a fun watch. It also manages to address the one major complaint that fans have about Episode IV.
In spite of the limited screen space, the characters are uniformly likable and one begins to root for them even though the viewer knows how the story is going to end. The director manages to create some breathtaking visuals that stay with the viewer long after the film has ended. The art direction manages to recreate the world of the original trilogy, invoking nostalgia, but also adds new elements to it, making this film a new visual experience.
The film doesn’t develop all its characters; all of them get great introduction scenes but then get relegated into the background. For this reason, the viewer does not empathise as much as one would hope with these characters when they find themselves in a tight spot. Also, there is something familiar about the film that can polarise the viewers; some may like the nostalgia factor, while some may think of it as a rehash of the formula from the original trilogy. Also, having teased Darth Vader in the promos, the film does not make use of him that much which is a shame as the two scenes he is in are easily the highlights of the film.
As this is a visual action adventure, the actors do not have much, but all of them do their jobs really well. They play their roles with the right amount of likability, swagger and bad-assery to make the viewer root for them.
An excellent addition to the Star Wars universe, this film will remind you why you fell in love with the franchise in the first place. Not to be missed!
3.5 / 5 stars