Star Wars: Rogue One
May the force be with you for it’s certainly with this latest edition to the Star Wars universe.
“Rogue One”, set between episodes three and four of the saga, follows a band of misfits and rebels on their mission to find a weakness in the evil galactic empire’s newest weapon, the Death Star. For the uninitiated, it’s a planet-sized ship with the ability to blow-up real planets.
In the original trilogy, the Death Star’s might is on full display. Here, the rebel alliance is only beginning to become aware of the weapon’s awesome power, and the groundwork for its destruction begins to be laid.
The film has been credited with putting the war back in Star Wars, and it’s not hard to see why. In the now eight films in the Star Wars cannon, it’s only the third to receive a PG-13 rating. That’s not to say you can’t still bring your more mature padawans.
For the first time, we aren’t following mystic Jedi knights, but the foot soldiers and spies that make up the rebel alliance. They’re less refined and tougher than the characters in previous films, but, luckily, they’re just as much fun.
The wit and banter that lightened the original trilogy is back. The kid-aimed gross out humor of the prequels is gone.
This makes for an especially welcome shift in a movie that isn’t light on dark moments. Like any good war movie, there are casualties. The hits land, and not everyone rides off into the sunset, or stars. This isn’t, however, a bleak movie.
In the shadow of an oppressive regime, scrappy fighters build their rebellion on hope, a new hope you might say.
Faithful fans will recognize a few familiar faces, but this film is just as friendly to first time visitors to this galaxy far, far away. It treats the story and characters with a respect not even the original trilogy always managed, and anyone who considers themselves knowledgeable in the ways of the force should mark this down as a must-see. It is a prequel, but also a good film in it’s own right.
If you’re looking to ring in the Christmas week with an adventure, this is the film you’re looking for.