5 Reasons to Love it – Rogue One Spoiler Free Review

*Please note, I do not own the rights to any pictures on here. I looked them up on Google images*

Overview

The movie is amazing. You should definitely go see it. I’ve seen it 3 times since it opened on the 16th of December, and I fully intend to go see it a few more times. It’s actually convinced me to buy more Star Wars books. I’d pretty much sworn off Star Wars back when the expanded universe got massively stupid post-New Jedi Order. When they kicked off The Force Awakens, I did buy a few of the kiddie adaptations. I couldn’t bring myself to buy the official novelization because I don’t like Alan Dean Foster, but this time around, they have Alexander Freed penning the adaptation, so I’ll give it a go. But I digress … this is about the movie.

 

  1. Visually Stunning

Although I didn’t see much of an advantage to 3D vs 2D, this is overall a gorgeous movie. The ironic part is that it’s dirty, it’s gritty, yet the most beautiful scenes have the most power behind the emotional punch. Can’t say too much more without spoilers. The prettiest scenes were the ones that showed the scope of the Death Star.

orson-krennic

  1. Memorable Characters (Good Development in Jyn)

Star Wars has always excelled at creating characters that you care about. Jyn Erso’s character is probably the one that develops the most throughout this narrative. There are a ton of main characters, so it’s hard to get them all to be fully developed. There are cool insights into them, but we don’t see too much into their backstories. I’m hoping the book expands on this a bit. It’s a surprisingly large cast of main characters with some key cameos by fan favorites.

I love Galen Erso and the dynamic he has with Orson Krennic.

K2SO is awesome.

I will say there’s not anybody immediately adorable like BB-8 was for The Force Awakens, although the kid they got to play Young Jyn is lovable.

  1. Good Replay Value

While a simplistic story on the surface, there are a lot of lines and nuances to pick up on subsequent viewings.

  1. Sets up A New Hope Brilliantly (includes orienting tangent)

Sorry for being vague here. Star Wars can be a bit odd and confusing for non-fans. The classic Star Wars trilogy consists of Episode IV A New Hope, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, and Episode VI Return of the Jedi. These were made back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The Prequel Trilogy started out in 1999 with Episode I The Phantom Menace, followed in 2002 by Attack of the Clones, and rounded out in 2005 with Revenge of the Sith. This later trilogy is set roughly twenty to thirty-something years before the events in A New Hope.

The vast majority of hard core Star Wars fans (over 20) love the classic trilogy and are pained by the prequel trilogy. Those younger than 20 might love the prequel trilogy more because they grew up with it?? Not sure. I’d have to ask ’em.

In any case, 2015 brought us Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which is set roughly thirty years after Return of the Jedi. This was the first movie put out post-Disney buyout.

This movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set immediately before  A New Hope. Although many of us loved Star Wars from the beginning, it started in the middle of the story. We kind of learned to just go with the flow, but now, we have some answers to burning questions.

  1. Easter Eggs!

While a decent action movie, I’m not sure how many non-Star Wars fans are going to really fall in love with this movie. It’s not really fair to compare The Force Awakens to Rogue One, but I’m gonna do it anyway because it seems the rest of the world wants to do so. That said, TFA has a lot of kid appeal that will be lacking in Rogue One. That’s not a knock against the movie, like I said, it’s amazing. There are a lot of things to look for, and as far as I know, they did a spot-on job with continuity.

Conclusion

It’s worth seeing … a few times.

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10 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Love it – Rogue One Spoiler Free Review

  1. Sadly I saw this in 3D and I think it definitely took away from the visual experience. This film is SO visually pleasing and I thought that the 3D/Imax experience distracted from the beautiful cinematography. But anyways, love your reasons to love this film! Do you ever share your work on any film sites?

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    • Go see it again 🙂 And no, not because I don’t want to … just never got around to it. Do you have any suggestions for a good film site to post reviews? I usually don’t do rotten tomatoes or anything because I’m too lazy to sign in.

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      • Have you ever thought of sharing your work on Moviepilot.com? We don’t usually promote traditional ‘reviews’, but more original social pieces such as this are always welcome.

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  2. To be honest, I’ve never heard of the site, but sure. I’m willing to check it out. Feel free to email me at devyaschildren@gmail.com if you have specific instructions in a pdf form or word doc. If the instructions are up on the site, I’ll check into them later. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Sooo….when you say you loved the Easter Eggs, did that one diamond shaped starship that kept doing awesome stuff during the Battle of Scarif and a certain name called over the PA system mean anything to you? 😀

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    • Yes, but I will say it took me like 4 times in to get that. I’d only ever watched Season 1 of the show after seeing the movie.

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      • I managed to get those Easter Eggs spoiled for me before seeing the movie, but it didn’t stop me from freaking when I actually saw them in there!! 😀
        Did you enjoy the first season? Are you gonna just leave it at that, or do you plan to watch seasons 2 and 3, also?

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  4. I tend to wait until the library has them and I can watch a whole season in a weekend. That suits me best. If the library never gets them, I might buy a season and do the same thing. Oh, no. Do you care about spoilers? I don’t mind them, but I certainly try to avoid them. That’s probably why I tend to watch really great Star Wars movies like 10 times in theaters.

    In ans to your ques, yes, I intend to watch season 2 and 3…eventually.

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    • That’s generally what I do with TV shows as well, though I wasn’t able to wait it out that long with Rebels. 😀
      I avoided spoilers with all the power within me for TFA, and attempted to with Rogue as well…but it didn’t last out. I ended up getting the ending completely spoiled for myself (my own fault, really), though I didn’t know how *exactly* it ended. I don’t really care so much about ‘supposed spoilers’, like theories that people are throwing around, or things they’ve figured out before the movie comes out. I’m generally right in the middle of all that! In just when someone else has already seen it, then they tell me how it all ends before I have.

      Season 2 was really good, and especially the second half (it was flat out incredible!) Season 3 has been really good so far, too, though some of the character focus has been lacking. It’s been a good deal more plot-centric this season than it was in either of the previous two (I’m a big character girl, myslef.) But there have been some fantastic episodes lately, and they’re pulling all the various story threads together between Rebels and Rogue and ANH. There have been so many Rogue connections lately, I’m just loving it!! 😀 And there have actually even been some possible hints on the sequels, as well… 8D

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      • I can’t take the “wait a week” thing. Also, I hardly ever watch TV. I tend to be reading, writing, or doing something else besides TV…so I squeeze that in b/t 11 and 2 in the morning if I have 0 obligations the next day.

        Thanks for the recommendation. I will certainly try to squeeze Season 2 and 3 in this summer.

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