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If I'm being honest with you, I was a little worried that Rogue One wouldn't be great as a stand-alone film. But after checking out the first local showing last night, I'm happy to say that there's no reason to worry; the movie is fantastic!
There were tons of positives to the film and ONLY a small handful of negatives, as there will be with any film. Overall, this is a great flick and I highly reccomend it to any Star Wars fan as well as the average movie goer. Below I will be discussing some of my favorite parts of the movie and my few critiques. Fair warning - SPOILERS BELOW!!!!!!!!!
There were too many great moments in Rogue One to cover them all in this post so I'll just highlight a few parts that really stuck with me after the credits rolled.
This is definitely a war film - I had heard rumors that Rogue One might be more of a heist movie, but I thought it was way better that it was a true war film. The action was, simply put... phenomenal. When you have AT-ACT Walkers in a beach setting, it makes everything just epic.
Everyone dies - Don't get me wrong; it's not that I think it's right that people die. But in the context of a war film, I do think it's more realistic and I love that this movie has a darker tone. War is horrible, bad things happen, but there is always hope that good will prevail. Having so many of the main characters die just gives a certain authenticity and honor to the Rebel cause. We get a great taste of this early in the film when Cassian Andor kills his Rebel comrade to avoid giving away his position to the Stormtroopers patrolling Jedha.
K-2SO - This reprogrammed Imperial Droid was off the hook! He had the best lines, he played a pivotal role in the most dramatic scenes, and he was one of the more powerful characters. I was actually sadder to see this droid's life end than any of the other characters. Out of the entire Star Wars universe, this is now my favorite droid. Bravo!
The final scene with Darth Vader - I was in awe during the entire final scene with Vader. This was definitely the first time we've seen the legendary Vader actually show why he is the most feared Sith lord in the galaxy. He was a ruthless machine, slicing and dicing his way through Rebel Fleet Troopers to get to the Death Star plans. The troopers, realizing that they had no chance of resisting Vader, pass the plans through the door like a baton. We also get to see LEIA! The way this movie transitioned directly into A New Hope couldn't have been more exciting. You could watch Rogue One, skip the credits, and start up ANH without missing a beat.
The Bad (or the Could Be Better)
Although Rogue One ends up being great, it's definitely slower at the beginning and takes a while to the plot moving.
K-2SO was probably the only character I would call EXTREMELEY memorable. I'm not saying that I didn't like Chirrut Imwe or Baze Malbus, just that it's difficult to get too attached with the limited backstories of those characters. Along the same line, I was rattles that they didn't show more of Saw Gerrera (played by Forest Whitaker). He reminded me of the good Darth Vader, with his breathing apparatus and mechanical legs. Could have used more SAW!
I could keep going on and on about all the good parts of Rogue One and nitpick a few other bad things, and I do think I'll see it again within the next week to find things I might have missed, but twelve hours after seeing it I'm ready to put it in my top three list of Star Wars films. This may change in the future, but for now I'm still very impressed!
I'll be taking a break from writing the blog next week during my holiday vacation. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!
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