Gareth Edwards

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.

#action     #sci-fi    



Another Star Wars movie gets released, but it is not number 8 in line. No it’s somewhere in between and it’s called “Rogue One”. Right off the bat let me tell you, I liked “Rogue One” more than I did Episode VII (a.k.a Episode 7). This is mostly because of the original story we are presented with. To me “The Force Awakens” felt like everything we already got from Star Wars whereas “Rogue One” genuinely felt like something fresh. Aside from this, the actors did a great job portraying their respective characters and to me, the soundtrack was a perfect fit for the movie. Michael Giacchino was able to find the balance between old and new and this really shines through in the end. In the end I can recommend “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” to pretty much anyone.

#superb 4.0


"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is the first of many anthology movies in the Star Wars universe and if all future Star Wars movies have the same quality as "Rogue One", I will happily experience their 100 years of Star Wars plan. In short, I really enjoyed the movie. The story, set between episode 3 and 4, was interesting and I liked how it felt a lot like a war movie. All-in-all this really worked well with the concept of the movie. I also liked most of the all-new set of characters they introduced. Especially the drone K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and the badass Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen) stood out for me but the rest of the cast did a great job as well. Another positive were the space battles, which ended up being some of the best in the entire series. Sadly, the movie isn't perfect as the first 30 minutes of the movie felt a bit rushed and could be confusing at times. In the end, I would recommend "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" to everybody that likes a good action/war movie.

#superb 4.0


"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is the first part of the opening crawl of "Star Wars: A New Hope" translated into a full blown movie. This gives the story a lot of possibilities and they use these to the fullest. Even though they start off a bit rough with a little bit of a confusing and rushed first act, the story is still amazing and gets better and better with each chapter. The movie even ends with a fantastic 3rd act which includes some of the best space battles in the entire Star Wars franchise. The soundtrack also works well with the movie as it balances the old and new themes nicely. Lastly, all the actors, especially Donny Yen and Alan Tudyk, did a great job portraying the all new set of characters. As a sidenote we also want to mention the lifelike performance of Tarkin as he was completely made out of CG. Overall, we would recommend "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" to everybody who is interested in an action or war-ish movie.

#superb 4.0