Rogue One

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Plus Points +: The overall change of tone as compared to the other films. Very well choreographed scenes and well done CGI for some older characters.
Negative Points –: The darker feeling of the film might not be liked by new or young fans.

Rogue One is set some time after Revenge of the Sith and immediately before A New Hope. The movie tells a story of a group of ragtag rebels trying to steal the plans of the Death Star and explaining the backstory of the Death Star as well. With a good cast, some well inserted humor and emotional scenes, the movie was really good overall.

There will be spoilers from now on, if you have not watched Rogue One, go watch it. 

The early part of the film shows Jyn Erso’s ( Felicity Jones) life when she was a child, where her father Galen Erso ( Mads Mikkelsen) was taken by Director Orson Krennic ( Ben Medesohn) and her mother Lyra Erso ( Valene Kane) was killed.

After the flashbacks, Jyn was recused by Captain Cassian Andor ( Diego Luna) and was brought to Yavin 4 for an questioning by Mon Motha ( Genevieve O’Reilly ) and the other members of the Rebel Council. Afterwards Cassian, Jyn and K-2SO ( Alan Tudyk) was sent to Jedha to kill Saw Gerrera ( Forest Whitaker). While on Jedha, they met Bodhi Rook ( Riz Ahmed), Chirrut Îmwe ( Donnie Yen) and Baze Malbus ( Wen Jiang).

After being captured and shown the footage of Galen exposing the Death Star’s flaw, Director Krennic ordered the Death Star to fire at Jedha, destroying the city that was targeted and killed Saw in the process. After Jedha, the Rogue One crew went to Eadu to assassinate Galen. In the end Jyn and Galen were reunited but he dies in her arms due to a Rebel bombing attack.

After reporting back at Yavin 4, the Rebels were thinking of running, surrendering and other ideas after they learnt about the Death Star. The Rogue One crew  and other rebel soldiers decides to go rogue and go to Scarif to steal the plans themselves. After Jyn, Cassian and K-2S0 infiltrated the main building, the rebel started to attack the planet. Director Orson commanded the garrison to eliminate the threat. Around the same time, the Rebel fleet engaged the Imperial Fleet above Scarif. The dogfight that ensued was shows the Rebel fleet being decimated and the Imperial fleeting being rammed by their own ships.

After Jyn and Cassian reached the data vaults, the Rebel forces are starting to dwindle. As the duo start to search for the plans, the main cast gets killed off one by one. Chirrut and Baze being blown up in a firefight, Bohdi’s ship being blown up by Stormtroopers and K-2SO dying trying to hold off the data vaults. Director Krennic, later confronted Jyn and Cassian in the vaults, injuring Cassian in a fire fight.

Just before Jyn transmitted the plans to the Rebel fleet above, Director Krennic made a last stand, but was wounded by Cassian. After the transmission, the Death Star fired at Scarif, killing the the three of them. With Jyn and Cassian embracing each other on a beach. Before they Rebels can warp away, Darth Vader ( Spencer Wilding and Daniel Naprous as body and James Earl Jones as voice) and his person flagship warped in, destroying the remnants of the Rebels and capturing their flagship.

In the final scene, Darth Vader puts the epic back into the Star Wars, igniting his lightsabre in pitch black darkness and killing the rebels in a brutal but well-choreographed scene. After a corvette escaped the captured flagship Princess Leia saying the that Death Star plans will bring hope the the Rebellion.

Personal Opinion 

Rogue One tries to be different as compared to the other 7 movies. Instead of the good guys always surviving, it depicts the darker, more inhumane things the Rebels do to overthrow the Empire.

The bold move was somewhat refreshing and ties up the huge gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope thanks to Star Wars : Rebels and Rogue One.

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