ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016) Review
Directed by Gareth Edwards
Another Star Wars movie? Yes. Is it worthy of being called a “Star Wars film?” Yes. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a prequel to the original trilogy but the film can stand on its own, it only has that sense of fulfillment that it acknowledges and tease what its story is about to A New Hope.
Hope. Rogue One puts hope as its divine theme, that even in the most chaotic and desperate moments, hope is and will always be present. This enveloped the whole film, delivering more than just explosions and space chases, the story is an emotional ride of longing for a family and building one in an unexpected way.
From the beginning, the tone gives away that Rogue One will be a different Star Wars film, it’s still a space epic, made to be a blockbuster film, but the story feels a bit different. You follow a sole emotional story that’s bigger than the universe itself, Jyn Erso played flawlessly by Felicity Jones will remind you the symbol of hope from another franchise, The Hunger Games which is Katniss Everdeen played by Jennifer Lawrence.
While it may be different from the other Star Wars film, the structure of the story isn’t anything new. It’s still formulaic, but effective formulaic. It’s also a treat for Star Wars fans to have the film connections to its follow up which is A New Hope, and it was all done exhiliratingly. Rogue One: A Star Wars story is another reason we go to cinemas before Christmas, and it offers all everything you would’ve wanted from it. It’s just that you weren’t also surprise by everything it did offer.
4 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is now showing in Philippine cinemas nationwide from Walt Disney Motion Pictures. Also available in 3D, 4D and IMAX 3D. Rated PG by the MTRCB.
Photo credits to Lucasfilm