Rogue One – A Star Wars Story. “Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.”
Rogue One. This is the first of the Star Wars spin-off/anthology films, and Gareth Edwards knocked it out of the park. It’s a really smart concept and it’s woven into the fabric of the original trilogy quite brilliantly and effortlessly. And the cast is just incredible.
Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Henry, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen and Jimmy Smits. What a cast you’ve got there.
First and foremost, it is truly great to see some people of color up in a Star Wars movie. Some Black and Brown folk. It really is an emotional experience to witness Donnie Yen whooping Storm Troopers asses. A Pakistani actor who isn’t playing a terrorist. But a good guy. As sad as it may be that it even has to be said, it’s incredible.
And it is a proper war movie. With everything that comes with one. One of the biggest reasons being, spoilers, all of the characters die at the end. Which they should. We all know what happens after this and we certainly don’t need to see a sequel.
All of the special effects are fantastic, and set pieces/action sequences are really well-done. I think Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe was my favorite character. He is basically a blind monk and he is badass. Through the character, they’re able to sort of explore another angle of the Force. Which is, someone who seems to be Force-sensitive but isn’t really a Jedi. That’s really interesting, and I look forward to seeing more things like that in these spin-off films. There is still so much in this mythology left to explore.
Jyn Erso was cool, I wasn’t particularly as taken with her as I was with, say, Rey. She has a real cool name, though. Cassian Andor was cool, too. I guess the only problem I notice here is that there should have been more women of color. If that happened, this movie would truly be perfect. That’s something they should focus on in the future.
Forest Whitaker was acting his ass off, for what little they gave him. Oh, and how could I forget Darth Vader? Man, what they did with him in the third act was brilliant. That whole scene was incredible and amazing and everything a Star Wars fan could ever want.