“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is one for the ages


The moment the credits started to roll, there was an uproar of applause, joy and laughter. Disney truly delivered in the making of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

The plot of “Rogue One” is simple yet complex: the story behind the people who stole the plans to the Death Star, which was used in A New Hope to later destroy the Death Star. The way the plot unfolds makes it easily one of the best films of 2016.

From the very start of the film, it shaped itself in the form of the original Star Wars and also took from the controversial prequel trilogy. From the original, it took the heart of it, the witty dialog and character intrigue that made us fall in love with cunning smugglers, and sinister overlords, and made us think to ourselves, who is this person? From the prequels “Rogue One” takes a page from brilliantly played action scenes and battles, yet they managed to do so without a massive overhaul of easily pickable CGI parts.

With Felicity Jones starring as the film’s main protagonist Jynn Erso, she brings a certain level of class, talent and ton of swagger. She plays the character of Erso brilliantly as a rebel who doesn’t care what other think of her (but we find out she still has a soft side).  Within the first 20 minutes Jones establishes herself as a woman strong, capable and confident enough to take on the entire galaxy herself.

Alongside Jones stars Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, a rebel intelligence leader, Riz Ahmed, an Imperial defector and Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic, the Imperial Director tasked with completing the construction of the Death Star. Cassian is complex in his demeanor and who he truly cares for, Ahmed is lovable and one of the hearts of the film and Krennic is a classic Star Wars villain: witty, sinister and egocentric.

However, it’s Donnie Yen that steals the show and our hearts in the process. Yen plays Chirrut Îmwe, a blind man who puts all his faith and fortunes into the force. His blindness does not limit him, though, it makes him stronger throughout the film, which makes him all the more powerful.

Perhaps the most incredible achievement of “Rogue One” is its gorgeous visual effects. Every starship and alien species is made to look so real that you might see it at the local Walmart, and every battle is made to look like it could happen in a real war zone it is so lifelike.

Gareth Edwards was given a monumental task when he was brought on to direct this project, one many young directors might’ve crumbled under. Yet, he delivered a spectacular film. The force is truly with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”