Rogue One is directed by Gareth Edwards staring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk and Forest Whitaker. the film is the first of the Anthology Star Wars films that will be released in between the main series and this is the story of the rebel group who extracted the Death Star plans that Princess Leia had in A New Hope.
The strongest aspect of the film in my opinion is the director’s understanding of the nature of the film, it is not there to start a franchise of Rouge One sequels and establish characters that will go on for decades on the contrary it is a full realized stand alone movie that tells its story within the Star War Universe to completion and it does it fantastically. there are call backs and cameos from major Star Wars characters mainly Darth Vader and Tarkin but they don’t take center stage the main characters of Rogue One do.
The best character in the film is the leading lady Jyn Erso played by Felicity Jones, Jones’s innocent charming works really well with the character and her performance is really good throughout the film you understand what happened to her and how she became who she become which made me care really deeply about her and her journey, while we don’t get much of background from Diego Luna’s character his performance is still pretty good, the crowd pleaser is K-2SO an imperial droid that is reprogrammed to serve the rebels and he is really really funny. Darth Vader is in this movie for two amazing scenes I kinda expect this to be his final appearance for many reasons one being James Earl Jones is 85 years old, so it was nice to hear Vader speaking few lines and that other scene which will blow your mind, Seriously it is AMAZING!
Rogue One’s visuals are probably the best I have ever seen, Gareth Edwards is a man who understands visual effects, his first movie Monsters had a small budget of 500,000$ but still managed to bring amazing visuals same goes to his 2014 Godzilla movie, also there are two CGI characters in the film even though they were amazing I could straight up tell they are CGI and it hurt the experience a little bit, very very little though. Also it really helps that the film had an amazing score.
Verdict : Honestly I don’t have anything bad to say about the movie it is really good, it is a dark story about the not so “fun” side of Star Wars to show you how cruel the empire really is also the director of the film cleverly made this movie canon without affecting the other great films in the franchise, by the end you will understand why you never heard of any of these characters before and it is one hell of a tragedy.