Having to survive without her parents since a young age, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) has been longing to find her father Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) and seek revenge against Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) and the Empire. Her chance arises when she is rescued by the Rebel Alliance. Learning that her father had built the Death Star with a way to destroy it, Jyn joins forces with Cassian Endor (Diego Luna) and other rebels to steal the space station’s plans for the Rebel Alliance.
This film was truly what all Star Wars fans have been waiting for. I had been a little bit wary of this story, wondering how it was going to tie in to the others since most of the lead characters looked new. Well, I must say it was dumb to worry about that when it is being handled so perfectly. From start to finish, I was on the edge of my seat. Even when I’m watching it in IMAX 3D, I couldn’t even tell what was 3D and what wasn’t. I was so focused on the story since the film started that I ignored everything else.
The story line of Rogue One definitely helped bridge the missing time between Episode III and Episode IV in a way. Though the CGI effects surpassed all Episodes (especially with General Tarkin and the young Princess Leia), it is not impossible to dismiss that as just a technicality. With a simple plot that made for a heart-racing adventure, this was truly on par with the Star Wars film.
The characters created were a great diverse addition to the Star Wars universe, especially with the creation of Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen), a blind character that utilized Yen’s martial arts background. His witty lines and hilarious mantra ‘I’m One With The Force, The Force Is With Me’, easily made Chirrut a likeable character. Though supposedly the dashing Captain of the story, Luna managed to give his character a flawed disposition – a truly different kind of hero.
Following in the footsteps of a self-made rebel like Rey, Jones’ Jyn Erso is the definition of a woman saving the day. Gone are the days where female characters require a man to step in. Despite Jones’ small stature, she is still able to command presence in every scene that she shares with her co-stars. Her no nonsense expression gives way to the real meaning of a resting bitch face, which I only wish I could master.
Unlike the adorable BB-8, R2-D2 or the rather testing C-3PO, we are introduced to the sassy and witty K-2SO. A rather refreshing take on a new android, this is truly the android we’ve been looking for. With the ability to sass his counterpart and even operate weapons, K-2SO in my opinion, is quite literally the best of the androids. Voiced by the awesome Alan Tudyk, K-2SO has just replaced BB-8 & R2-D2 in my heart.
The chemistry between the characters made for a cast that complemented each other. No one felt odd or out of place and it was my new definition of squad goals. The electric chemistry between Cassian and Jyn could have made for an easy romantic moment to happen but fortunately, it didn’t happen. In forgoing their romance, there was room for more content and more action.
With the addition of the Darth Vader scene which was so bad-ass (he’s a multi-tasker!), the bridging of the ending of Rogue One to the beginning of Episode IV felt almost seamless to me. I liked that they tied up all loose ends in Rogue One, leaving no room for ‘what ifs’ which would otherwise make Episode IV to VII have a problem with continuity. Though, being an ever-growing galaxy of stories, it is still quite possible to sneak in one or two familiar faces from Rogue One but the chances are quite slim – especially after that freaking heartbreaking ending.
I’ve never been so blown away by a Star Wars film before and though I might get shunned for saying this, Rogue One has easily become one of my favorite Star Wars films.