Star Wars: Rogue One Review (Non-Spoiler)

  • Director: Gareth Edwards
  • Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz AhmedJiang Wen, Forest Whitaker
  • Production Company: Lucasfilms Ltd.
  • Distributed by: Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures
  • Release Date: December 16, 2016
  • Running Time: 133 minutes

I thoroughly enjoyed this film, but I was worried going into it that it was going to be another movie where the main character turned out to be a Mary-Sue. Not only that, but someone who could magically do everything without so much as a hint of formal training. And yes, I am hinting at Rey a little bit.

But Rogue One wasn’t Jyn’s movie. Before the reshoots it probably was, but I feel setting her back to simply being one of the group who helped a lot, instead of making her the girl who everyone follows was a better choice. Unlike Rey from The Force Awakens Jyn actually had some training in combat by Forest Whitaker’s character, and does offer a (small) reason to be part of the front lines. At first her character is only wanted by the Rebellion, and The Empire is because she is Galen Orso’s daughter. Nothing but a name is driving people to find her, which isn’t exactly a good enough reason to start a worldwide hunt for her.

 But about halfway through Jyn’s purpose was actually revealed, and that is to help the Rebellion to recieve the Death Star blueprints, which her father helped build. And it turns out that the blueprints are labelled under a code name only Jyn would know. So while I still enjoyed Rey in The Force Awakens, as a whole Jyn was a much better thought out character. She wasn’t perfect in everything, when it came to fighting, she’d actually had training. While Rey had none, and managed to beat Kylo Ren who was formally trained in combat.

There were moments in the movie where it was abundantly clear on what was going to happen next, the only surprises  to come out of Rogue one were the end, how far work in visual effects has come, and just how out of fashion Darth Vader looked compared to his more stylish general. They either should have spruced up his outfit, or the costume department should have dulled down the other commanders’ look. Next to them, Darth Varder looked extremely out of date. 

 If I had to choose between the two movies, The Force Awakens or Rogue One, I would say Rogue One. The characters just seemed more believeable, and each of them had a real reason to be at the centre of the rebellion.
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