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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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Plus Points +: John William’s beautiful music scores. The scenes fit the music so well that its jaw-dropping.
Negative Points –: Feels a lot like A New Hope. Story so far does not connect to Return of the Jedi. Captain Phasma, who is supposed to be this enigmatic person.

The Force Awakens is the latest entry to the Star Wars franchise.It is a beautiful continuation since Revenge of the Sith and it feels good the hear that iconic tune of Star Wars from the big screen. Even though there were some plot holes, it is still the best movie of 2015 without doubt. There were some hilarious jokes throughout the movie, even in emotional scenes.

*WARNING* From this point onwards, there WILL be spoilers. If you have not seen The Force Awakens, I advice you to not read the following.*WARNING*

It starts off abruptly at Jakku, where an enormous battle between the Rebels and the remnants of the Empire clashed with a Rebel victory, explaining the Imperial wreckage. It firsts show a hooded figure giving Poe (Oscar Issac) the final piece of the map to find Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Shorty after the exchange the First Order stuck the village.The scene shows Finn (John Boyega) having morality overcome him when a wounded trooper put his bloodied hand on Finn’s helmet. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) was then introduced and managed to use the Force to stop a laser fired by Poe which raised the hype – level for those in the theater. The First Order were massacred the villagers.

Finn later helped Poe to escape the Star Destroyer and into Jakku where they got split up. That is also when Finn met Rey (Daisy Ridley) where they escaped in the Millennium Falcon and got recaptured by Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). After an attack, they all escaped to a planet with Han’s old friend, Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o) who talked some sense about the Force to Rey and handed her Anakin’s original Lightsaber.

At the same time, Kylo Ren ordered the destruction of the Republic system and fleet and fired their superweapon, which is basically Death Star version 3. But instead of a space station, it is an entire planet made into a weapon. The destruction of the system is visible from the planet where the heroes are on. Not long after both Resistance and First Order spy informed their respective factions, the First Order came first and wreck havoc to the little bar that Maz owns. That is also when the riot Stormtrooper appeared and dueled Finn. Not long after the defeat of the heroes, the Resistance X-Wing fighters came in with the awesome scene:

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It was a beautiful scene with dogfights with jaw-dropping camera angles. After the brief confrontation, Rey was captured while the General Leia (Carrie Fisher) evacuate the remaining heroes of the planet and to the Resistance base on D’Qar. Rey was taken to the Superweapon base and was getting her mind read by Ren. Rey however resisted Kylo’s force abilities. Due to his nature, Kylo threw a tantrum and pretty much destroyed the entire cell that was holding Rey captive. After the departure of Kylo, Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) wanted to see Rey face-to-face. However Rey escaped by using a Jedi mind trick to escape. At the same time, the Resistance learnt about the foreshadowing attack from the First Order and started planning how to destroy the superweapon. After the planning, Han, Finn and Chewbacca manged to infiltrate Starkiller’s defenses. As Han questions Finn about the layout of the base, Finn confessed to Han that he worked at the Starkiller as a sanitary worker, which is one of the humorous scenes of the movie. Not long after, the trio went in and jumped the lonely Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and ordered her to be dumped into a trash chute. Afterwards, they shut down most of the defenses, which allowed the Resistance to strike the base. At the same time, the trio found Rey who was escaping to base, but she did not see them and reached the surface. The trio went into a part of the base which is very vital to the superweapon the First Order has and the destruction of it. As Han and Chewbacca went in to place charges to destroy a big part of it, but were confronted by Kylo.

*This is going to be the biggest spoiler in the movie so far, brace yourself*

Han approaches Kylo and shouted his real name which is Ben, that triggered the most emotional scenes of the entire movie. As father and son talked about returning to the light, Kylo killed Han while he was so immersed. Chewbacca shot Kylo and blew up the facility. They both escaped to the surface and Finn attacked Kylo with a lightsaber. While that happens, the Resistance fighters have taken too  much of a toll, and Finn lost the battle to Kylo. Rey picks up his lightsaber and dueled with Kylo. Even without training, she managed to hurt Kylo quite a bit. At the same time, Poe has managed to destroy the facility, which started the destruction of the base. As Rey and Kylo fought, they both lost their lightsaber but Rey manage to get her lightsaber and defeat Kylo. She left Kylo after that. Rey, Finn and Chewbacca escaped with the Millennium Falcon. The Resistance celebrated the victory, but the surviving protagonist wept for Han’s demise. R2D2 also awakens which led Rey to Luke.

After finding Luke, Rey hands him his lightsaber and the credits rolls.

This is a movie that one should not miss especially if you’re a Star Wars fan or is looking for a really cool movie for enjoyment. Though it is not the best movie of the Star Wars series in my opinion, it leagues better than Star Wars Rebels. With that said, the DVD or Blu-ray versions have not been sold yet.

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