Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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Somewhere in a galaxy far, far away, Luke Skywalker helped the Rebel Alliance blow up the Death Star, thanks to a womp rat-sized weakness that was revealed in some stolen plans. But all that’s in Episode IV: A New Hope, not in this film. No, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the forgotten history of the ragtag group of heroes that banded together to steal those Death Star plans and deliver them to the Princess Leia, laying the groundwork for the movie we grew up on. This standalone Star Wars entry stars Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, the daughter of a scientist (Mads Mikkelsen) who was captured by the Galactic Empire to help build the Death Star. She’s recruited by the Rebel Alliance to help track down information relating to the project, culminating in a dangerous mission to steal the designs for the planet-killing weapon and transmit them to the Rebels. She doesn’t go it alone though; she’s got an incredible ensemble backing her up on the adventure, including Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Riz Ahmed, and Alan Tudyk as a reprogrammed Imperial droid named K-2SO. That cast is basically textbook #squadgoals. May 24, 2018 Update: Don't miss your chance to see the latest Star Wars standalone story in Solo: A Star Wars Story, in theaters now!
- Felicity Jones
- Diego Luna
- Alan Tudyk
- Donnie Yen
- Wen Jiang
- Ben Mendelsohn
- Guy Henry
- Forest Whitaker
- Riz Ahmed
- Mads Mikkelsen
Atom User Reviews
Man, such a huge pet peeve of mine was finally answered! The movie was epic, definitely the movie of 2016. And I thought the perfect amount of Vader.
If I had to rate it in the saga it's at least 4th, possibly better than Return of the Jedi
It starts off slow and somewhat clunky, but by the time the mind-blowing third act arrives, it’s all a fan can do not to stand up and cheer.
It has undeniable weaknesses: an underwritten protagonist, a generic villain, a shortage of interesting personalities. (No knock against the large cast, which is mostly very good, but underused.) But in many other respects, it is a better film than last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens: leaner, darker, with a distinct visual style and an actual ending that feels like a denial of blockbuster expectations simply because it shows basic narrative integrity.
The director of Rogue One, Gareth Edwards, has stepped into a mythopoetic stew so half-baked and overcooked, a morass of pre-instantly overanalyzed implications of such shuddering impact to the series’ fundamentalists, that he lumbers through, seemingly stunned or constrained or cautious to the vanishing point of passivity, and lets neither the characters nor the formidable cast of actors nor even the special effects, of which he has previously proved himself to be a master, come anywhere close to life.