As someone who wasn’t a massive fan of The Force Awakens, I wasn’t expecting much from Rogue One and in honesty it doesn’t give much, but what it does give is very good and in a lot of ways is the breath of fresh air for the franchise that Force Awakens’ didn’t quite deliver.
Rogue One follows Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones who is the daughter of the designer of the Death Star. Mentally scarred by having her parents taken from her, she’s reached adulthood but hasn’t shaken her angst or distrust of others. Events conspire and she’s forced to team up with a ragtag bunch of less than savoury rebels to try and thwart the Empire’s plans and steal the Death Star’s blueprint’s from right under their nose.
The film doesn’t really add anything other than context to the Star Wars canon and provides a well crafted ret con for why it was so easy to destroy the Death Star.
But standing on its own merits, Rogue One’s really good, Edwards’ has outdone himself in crafting a living breathing world, Jyn is shown to have a Stormtrooper doll as a child and that kind of emergent, background storytelling hasn’t really graced Star Wars in a while.
The characters are fun too, if a bit light, Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO, a sassy reprogrammed droid is the standout and Mads Mikkelson’s Galen Erso is an extremely interesting, if not prolific character.
Edward’s signature mastering of scale is front and centre and it serves the film well, never have the ships or AT AT’s looked so gargantuan. It adds a new sense of scope and a new feel to the film, which is a welcome change.
Overall the film is good, definitely worth a watch, I’d say it’s a better film in general than Force Awakens’ was but it does much less to contribute to the plot. Plus the constant shout outs and cameos can be a bit jarring. Overall, I’d definitely recommend it, especially if Force Awakens wasn’t quite for you.
The Darth Vader pun was such a strange surprise, not bad – I did laugh after all – just strange.