Victory for rebel fans– Rogue One is a rogue wonder
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Rogue One is the newest Star Wars movie and the first spin-off film. It takes place immediately before A New Hope and tells the story of a team of rebels led by Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor, played by Felicity Jones and Diego Luna respectively. The story follows these characters and their team as they steal the plans for the death star and attempt to get them back to the rebellion. This film is a breath of fresh air for the series and has a couple of refreshing changes.
This movie is full of action and keeps viewers interested through each scene. The movie is different enough from the other Star Wars movies that you don’t have to have seen them to really understand what’s going on. It was also refreshing to see a Star Wars movie that was not part of a trilogy, but instead a contained story. The cinematography was beautiful, although not as picturesque as that of past Star Wars movies. This one had a more action packed focus.
The music for this film was really refreshing, as Rogue One is not a main Star Wars movie, and therefore not composed by the iconic John Williams. Williams wrote the scores for the other seven movies and some Star Wars fans were worried about the outcome of the movie because of his absence. This film was composed by Michael Giacchino, an awarded composer and Juilliard graduate. His music sounded a little strange at first, clearly trying to be something new, while also still capturing the same feeling as the classic soundtrack. But as the movie went on the music managed to find the perfect equilibrium between old and new.
The film succeeded overall but did still have some minor issues. The beginning is sluggish. They have a lot of characters and events to establish, so they hop from planet to planet with multiple story lines, making the story hard to follow. The cast was extremely diverse and talented, but the characters were not as well developed as they should have been. The story suffers from a lack of time to devote to each individual character, resulting in the audience becoming invested in the character’s lives only towards the end of the film. However, these criticisms do not take away from the fact that Rogue One is still a gripping movie. The fantastic action and an amazing climax alone are worth the price of admission. I would definitely recommend going to see this blockbuster hit, especially if you are a Star Wars fan.