Rogue One: A Star Wars Story- Review

I’m with the Force and the Force is with me

This is what you have all been waiting for. Rogue One, is the first Star Wars standalone story which is set shortly before the original Star Wars events. From the start we see a unique opening and we are taken on a journey learning the ropes with Jyn Erso. However through the blend of Michael Giacchio musical addition, (a smooth departure from John Williams) Rogue One fits neatly into its place within the Star Wars franchise.

In a time of conflict the rebel spies band together and have decided to fight back. They wish to obtain the blueprints to the Death Star and this key event in the Star Wars time line brings together ordinary people set out to do extraordinary things.

It wouldn’t be Star Wars if we weren’t reading opening text about a ‘galaxy far away’. Immediately striking with both ground and aerial action, director Gareth Edwards has used technology and his imagination to add to a well-known universe. The additional humour from K2SO played by actor Alan Tudyk brought a light feel to the film, yet it maintained its tension when required.

Felicity Jones does a great job as a strong leader. Her character Jyn Erso delivers passion and maintains the drive to obtain the plans to the Death Star. The action and the explosions make epic 3D viewing and this grows towards the end of the film.

Donnie Yen, plays a blind monk and his character connects with the force, we see him chanting “I’m with the Force and the Force is with me” which brings the force to life.  Star Wars fans should not be disappointed with this film and those that are new to this universe, will  “Use the Force”.

Rogue One: Star Wars Story is out 15th December 2016. Check your local cinemas, book your tickets now.

Initial release: December 15, 2016

Director: Gareth Edwards

Budget: 200 million USD

Music composed by: Michael Giacchino

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