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Rogue One Review

Tyler Reynolds

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Not so long ago, in a galaxy right here…Rogue One: A Star Wars Story finally released in theaters. This being the first of many spin-offs planned by Disney, expectations about the first were high. Since this movie does not focus directly on characters from the main movies, would it hold up? The answer to this question is a resounding yes. Rogue One shows that a Star Wars movie can focus on the troopers that normally are in the background and still be an amazing movie.

Rogue One is about the construction of the first Death Star. Viewers who have seen A New Hope know that the Death Star is able to destroy an entire planet, and that its weakness is a tiny exhaust port. This movie focuses on how the Rebellion received the plans to the Death Star to figure out this flaw and eventually destroy it. The team that takes these plans is made up of Jyn Erso, Bodhi Rook, Cassian Andor, K-2SO, Chirrut Imwe, and Baze Malbus.

The team that makes up Rogue One is the best part of the film. Jyn Erso goes through many phases throughout the movie, going from scared little girl to a grown woman that would do anything to save the galaxy. She is also interesting because her father, Galen Erso, was the man that helped create the Death Star. He plays a huge part in the movie and influences her decisions throughout. Jyn and Cassian repeatedly butt heads in the movie. Cassian Andor has been a fighting in the Galactic Civil War since he was six years old, and will do anything to finish the mission, regardless of the consequences. Bodhi Rook is a defected Imperial pilot that does little until the end of the movie, but gets his time to shine. K-2SO is a hacked Imperial droid that is basically the exact opposite of C-3PO and provides amazingly dry humor. Chirrut Imwe is a believer of the force (not a jedi, basically a ninja), and Baze is his bodyguard.

A big talking point of Rogue One was the appearance of Darth Vader. He has few appearances in the movie, but they are all very effective. He always steals the scenes that he is in, and his personality intimidates everyone in his way. James Earl Jones still voices him, and it gives the Sith Lord a menacing tone that shows that you don’t want to mess with him. His final appearance in Rogue One also shows that he really is a terrifying force of nature and should be feared.

Massive action sequences, touching moments and great laughs all come together to show that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is not to be missed. Do not miss a chance to see this movie. Disney has showed with its second Star Wars movie that they know what they are doing and that no one has to be worried about the quality of their movies. The force is definitely with them.

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Rogue One Review