Star Wars: Rogue One Review

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to my review of Star Wars Rogue one that I went to see with my brother Gary on the seventh of December and to be honest, I walked in that cinema with quite a bit of trepidation, you know the saying “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst”, I find I was mentally preparing myself for a disaster.

My fear is that in no way are the audience required or asked to invest any time in the characters, this is because this film is a prequel to the remaining Star Wars saga and unfortunately for the writers of Star Wars Rogue one everyone knows how the story is to play out.

Therefore, the characters that don’t make an appearance in the rest of the sage, despite trying to get six movies out of this, we knew where not going to make it and that felt a bit of let-down I have to say.

I don’t doubt that Rogue One would be an excellent film if not for the fact that is the eighth film in the franchise and no matter how you slice it, while people may use rogue one as a jumping on point for the saga no one who has seen the rest of the films could really give a damn

Rumours have been confirmed that of one of the greatest villains ever in movie history will make his return after his death in return of the Jedi as Darth Vader is once more to appear on our screens, originally played by James Earl Jones, the legend originated the role all the way back in 1977, and recently reprised the character for Disney XD’s Star Wars: Rebels. Sources have confirmed that Jones will once more gave a master performance as he returns to reprise his role as the Sith Lord

Looking back to the trailer of this film, one very brief shot that intrigued me was this…

Now this has been discussed to death on some of the forum sites I visit and many have speculated that it is the ruins of the first Jedi temple, the one Luke is on a journey to find in the “Force Awakens”.

This is further believed because the film is a prequel, and is said to takes place (Story Wise) between the end of “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope” and all this written before the damn credits start rolling, so I’m now going to go in and watch the film…

For those that a fan of the franchise, Rogue One has been thrown through the mincer a few times, gone are the iconic opening scrolling text and the opening music that has become synonymous with any Star Wars film,

In fact, speaking of the music of Star Wars, I swear only ten percent (and that’s been generous) of the movie was anything like the original score, the rest sounded like it had been thrown though a mixer and whatever it spat out, they used, I was not an overly keen fan of ninety percent of this soundtrack

I was also not a fan of all the jumping around to different planets within like five minutes, the movie was like, look more unrelated drama on another world, wasn’t needed as I’m sure half of these were filler for the films air time.

Too many sub-plots to be going on for my liking, I mean you had the power struggle between Grand Moff Tarkin and Orson Krennic, the mad genesis that built the Death Star and of course Jyn Erso and Captain Cassian Andor, Erso trying to rescue her father, Galen, Andor having orders to kill him instead, although it was a nice touch adding that it was her father that was responsible for adding the weakness to the Death Star.

Now I did enjoy all the little references to the old Star Wars, from some of the original cast, either brought back or where brilliantly added via CGI, by far my favourite was Peter Cushing character of Grand Moff Tarkin.

Now such a move to bring Cushing back has received a mixed bag of praise/criticism from the fans but to be frank, I have been a huge fan of Peter Cushing for years and to see him back, even if it was by CGI was still a great moment and took me right back to my childhood of watching the first movie.

So rumour has it that they are going to bring out another one of these “Stories” to fit the timeframe of every movie, for example, Rogue One is set between the end of “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope”, so the next one should fall in the timeline between “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back” etc., etc.

however, it begs the question, will they cover the first set of prequels (Phantom Menace, Clone Wars & before Revenge of the Sith) or are they hinting that with the Star Wars VII “The Force Awakens” there are to be two additional movies to complete the movie saga.

And with that being said, Rogue One was an excellent action packed film, great for what it was, it tied in may elements that would lead up to “A New Hope” but it lacked the wow factor of it being a true Star Wars film.

My Rating: 7/10