Monday, 26 December 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Release Date: 15th December 2016 - Australia

Production Companies 
Lucasfilm Ltd

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 134 minutes

Budget: $200,000,000

Box Office Gross: $1,056,057,273

Plot Summary 
Jyn Erso has never been one to follow rules. She's been on her own since the age of 15, surviving in the galactic underworld by cultivating skills in both fighting and cunning. 

When Jyn is arrested by the Rebel Alliance, she is asked by Mon Mothma to retrieve information about the Death Star - a nearly constructed weapon with the power to destroy an entire planet. If the Death Star's construction is completed, the Empire will become unstoppable.

It's up to Jyn, Cassian Andor, Bodhi Rook, and their pragmatic droid K-2SO to form the Rogue One squadron and help bring peace to the galaxy by stealing a technical readout of the Death Star. They eventually join forces with assassin Baze Malbus and his spiritual partner Chirrut Imwe. They also meet Clone Wars veteran Saw Gerrara.

They're up against some stiff competition. Orson Krennic is an Imperial military director who will stop at nothing to see the Death Star's completion. All while Darth Vader maintains a watchful eye on the weapon.

Felicity Jones - Jyn Erso
Diego Luna - Cassian Andor
Alan Tudyk - K-2SO
Donnie Yen - Chirrut Imwe
Wen Jiang - Baze Malbus
Ben Mendelsohn - Orson Krennic
Forest Whitaker - Saw Gerrara
Riz Ahmed - Bodhi Rook
Mads Mikkelsen - Galen Erso 
Genevieve O'Rielly - Mon Mothma
Alistair Petrie - Gen. Draven
Ben Daniels - Gen. Merrick
Paul Kasey - Admiral Raddus
Stephen Standon - Admiral Raddus (Voice)
Spencer Wilding - Darth Vader
Daniel Naprous - Darth Vader
James Earl Jones - Darth Vader (Voice)
Ian McElhenny - Gen. Dodonna
Fares Fares - Senator Vaspar
Jonathan Aris - Senator Jebel
Sharon Duncan-Brewster - Senator Pamlo
Valene Kane - Lyra Erso 
Beau Gadsdon - Young Lyn
Dolly Gadsdon - Younger Lyn
Duncan Pow - Sergeant Melshi 
Jordan Stephens - Corporal Tenc
Babou Ceesay - Lt. Sefia 
Aidan Cook - Two Tubes
Daniel Mays - Tivik
Andy de la Tour - Gen. Hurst Romodi
Tony Pitts - Capt. Pterro
Martin Gordon - Vaneé
Richard Cunningham - Gen. Ramda
Jack Roth - Lt. Adema 
Michael Gould - Admiral Gorin 
Rufus Wright - Lt. Casido 
Michael Shaeffer - Gen. Corssin
Geoff Bell - 2nd Lt. Frobb 
James Harkness - Pv. Basteren
Derek Arnold - Pao
Matt Rippy - Corporal Rostock
Nick Kellington - Bistan 
Warwick Davis - Weeteef Cyubee
Anthony Daniels - C3PO
Jimmy Smits - Senator Bail Organa
Ingvild Delia - Princess Leia Organa
Guy Henry - Grand Moff Tarkin

Director - Gareth Edwards
Based on Characters - George Lucas
Story - Gary Whitta 
Story/Executive Producer/Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - John Knoll
Screenplay - Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy
Executive Producer - Jason D. McGatlin
Producer/Unit Production Manager - Simon Emanuel
Producers - Kathleen Kennedy and Alison Shearmur
Co-Producers - Kiri Hart and John Swartz 
Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager - Susan Towner
Production Designers - Doug Chaing and Neil Lamont
Costume Designers - David Crossman and Glyn Dillon
Director of Photography - Greig Fraser
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator: Reshoots - Simon Crane
Stunt Coordinator - Rob Inch
Special Effects Supervisor - Neil Corbould
Creature Designer/Effects Supervisor - Neal Scanlan
Visual Effects Supervisor - Mohen Leo
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - Nigel Sumner
Animation Supervisor - Hal T. Hickel
Film Editors - John Gilroy, Colin Goudie and Jabez Olssen 
Additional Editor - Stuart Baird
Music - Michael Giacchino

A new hope for STAR WARS began with Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm with the spectacular release of 2015's THE FORCE AWAKENS (click here) from J.J. Abrams. It relives the adventure, magic, thrills, and excitement that were missing in the divisive prequel trilogy. This film regained the interest of fans and proved that the series can continue without George Lucas' involvement. ROGUE ONE marks the first of an anthology of standalone spinoffs yet to be released. However, the film was finished with an extensive amount of reshoots and is said to have a darker, epic and melancholic tone similar to THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (click here).

In ROGUE ONE, the characterisations isn't as strong as those in THE FORCE AWAKENS with a fewer exceptions like the droid with a smart alec personality named K-2SO. It's very intriguing that not only does the film set up the plot for the first STAR WARS movie (click here) which was released 39 years a go, but also manages to showcase some impressive action, drama and demonstrate what were the Rebels like before they scored their first victory against the Empire.

Some of the old characters like the ones introduced in A NEW HOPE returned in either a cameo or a supporting role. The first for instance was Grand Moff Tarkin who was facially reconstructed using computer technology to match the appearance of its late actor Peter Cushing, similar to how Paul Walker's role was finished with new scenes in FAST & FURIOUS 7 (click here). Also returning is our fan-favourite Sith Lord, Darth Vader and no longer is he the tragic character of the prequels, but instead shows a brutal side that was not seen in the originals.

Evidently, ROGUE ONE is a very organic byproduct of the STAR WARS series and definitely the closet thing you'll get out of a prequel. It also serves as a good entry level film for newcomers to the series, if there are any people out there that have not seen STAR WARS that is.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever


  1. Nice review. I definitely enjoyed this one too, though I can't help but wish the characters had had more development! But it's a beautiful movie and a excellent story!

    1. I thought the same myself, thank you for encouraging it. Sorry, it took so long to reply back.