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Introduction to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - A Ms. H Movie Review
If you are an avid Star Wars fan, you may know the backstory of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as well as how it ties in with other stories in the Star Wars movie series. I consider myself a fan of Star Wars; however, this review will not be based on the entanglements of the other stories in the Star Wars movies. My review will be based on the movie as a single entity by itself, with no connections with the other movies or stories.
Characters in Rogue One: Star Wars Story
I directed my attention on the person who had the leading role in this movie. Her name is Felicity Jones and she played the part of Jyn Erso, the daughter of a scientist who may have knowledge that was also known by her father. The problem was the father is not or unable to be receptive to share these secrets so focus was on the daughter to do so. Of course there is a larger plot dealing with launching a weapon that has the capability of destroying the entire universe as well. However, my emphasis here will be on Felicity Jones being cast in this lead position.
Towards that end, there was another person in the movie who seemed to know a lot about what was going on -- his name is Cassian Andor, played by Diego Lunar. As the movie progressed and actions unfolded, there was a situation where a leader was needed. Guess who put herself in this position. It was none other than Felicity Jones’ character who in my opinion was placed in this position with no plausible reason. It was clear to me that Diego Luna's character, Cassian Andor had prior experience and knowledge regarding this endeavor -- so I was curious why she thought people would listen to her as well as follow her orders. Believe it or not, that is what happened in this movie.
Overall Appearance of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Was it just me or did the landscape of this movie seem dark regardless of what scene was being shown? Looking back on this movie, I remember seeing lots of dark, foreboding scenes, even in some cases when the action took place outside. This may have been by design, however, I think I would have enjoyed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story more if most of the scenes were not dark.
Storyline of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
In my opinion, the storyline could have played out anywhere, even though this movie was supposedly a Star Wars story. I think what was missing was the space slant to the movie. Of course, there was a so-called death star -- but where was all the other epic space imagery and scenes that are shown in other Star Wars movies. I believe Rogue One: A Star Wars Story got off-course, and became more of a mystery-land based story instead of one anchored in space.
High Points of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Spoiler Alert: The above being said, there were high points in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story such as an appearance by a well-known Star Wars character. However, this time, for some reason, I noticed the sound of the overly loud breathing -- which was not aesthetic to my ears. There was an additional appearance of another Star Wars icon who looked like the original actress who played this icon; however, I found out later there was controversy about who was depicted as this character.
Assessment of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
When I watched Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I did not get the impression I was looking at a movie that years from now would be as popular as other previous Star Wars movies which had the likes of Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and others. This could have been because of the miscasting of the lead character or it may be the story did not capture my interest as the other Star Wars movies did. For instance, if I compared Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to The Force Awakens, the latter would reign supreme as the winner and Rogue One would be the loser. The reason for this is The Force Awakens kept true to its space roots, there were some similarities to the original Star Wars movies, and most importantly, it had a good, attention-grabbing story. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Rating of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars with 5 stars being the best, I rate Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2 stars.