My Brief Review of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

The first of the non-saga Star Wars movies has finally come out, and I really liked it

Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in Rogue One.
Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in Rogue One.

Kelly and I went to go watch Rogue One on opening night. I purposely didn’t read anything about the film, and was completely spoiler-free going in. Here are my thoughts, that are full of spoilers.

Seriously people, spoilers. You’ve been warned.

  • It still felt like Star Wars without the crawl.
  • The score is ok. Michael Giacchino did a great job making it feel like Star Wars within the time he had to do it.
  • Understanding what the Death Star is made with was cool.
  • I don’t think we’ve visited so many places in one Star Wars movie.
  • Felicity Jones and Diego Luna are amazing in this movie.
  • Vader. Oh my goodness. Vader, people. Vader. Vader.
  • I wanted more Vader.
  • James Earl Jones came back for Vader, and it was an awesome… 2 scenes 😭.
  • This story adds so much context to A New Hope.
  • Leia’s motion capture face is terrible.
  • The first two acts are a bit slow, and unfortunately don’t use the time to give more information about the supporting characters.
  • Everyone dies. Everyone. That was a surprise for me, but made sense.
  • All in all, I really liked it, but The Force Awakens is still my favorite of the recent Star Wars movies.

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