Star Wars Rogue One

Latest movie in Star Wars Saga, answers question: “How did the Rebels get the plans to the Death Star?”

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Will K., Freelance Contributor

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The latest movie in the Star Wars saga did what it had to do: answer the question that has been asked ever since the original Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, came out back in 1977: “How did the Rebels get the plans (to the Death Star)?”

With a cast of new faces, especially Felicity Jones, who plays the main protagonist, Jyn Erso, Rogue One tells that story.

Erso is joined by a new crew of rebels; there’s Diego Luna, who plays the Rebel veteran Captain Cassian Andor, who’s full of swagger, and as tough as nails.

Then there’s K2so, voiced by Alan Tudyk, who is a reprogrammed Imperial droid who is different than any other we’ve seen before: he has a great sense of humor, but can take on the Stormtroopers just as well as the humans. For example, when they are about to get the plans, K2SO is manning the control panel, and a group of Stormtroopers come to attack, and he holds them off.

There’s also Chirrut Imwe, played by Donnie Yen, who is a strong believer in the Force, as evidenced by his saying, “I am one with the Force, the Force is with me.”

His friend and “protector” is Baze, a freelance bounty hunter, with his role with the Alliance gives his life purpose again. His main appearance is at the beginning of the film, but Jyn’s father, Galen, makes an impression. “Whatever I do, I do it to protect you.”, he says to Jyn, and that is true throughout the whole film.

Darth Vader is also featured, being his usual evil self. The ending scene, which is really the beginning of Episode IV, where he goes into Leia’s ship and takes everyone out? That was so horrible, yet so typical of the man in black. He has that scene in the movie, as well as the scene where he’s talking to Director Krennic, who I will talk about in a bit. He also makes a pun during that scene, although it felt forced.

Then there’s Director Krennic, the director of the Death Star project (that’s why he has the Director title), who is trying to upstage Grand Moff Tarkin, who was CG this time around (for those of you who don’t know, he died in 1994).

Rogue One was better than Episode VII: The Force Awakens for many reasons, including using CGI very, very well, and although the movie, above all other Star Wars movies, is a “war” movie, I felt like there was less gruesome violence (i.e. stabbing with lightsabers) than in Episode VII.

The big reason, though, is that I connected with characters more than in Episode 7. Overall, I feel like this one is the best of the new franchise, and we could see some of the main actors (albeit different characters) in the series again.

If you want to find out what Star Wars character you are (I took the quiz and found out I was Jyn Erso), here is the link:
Rogue One Character Quiz

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