Here we are, finally caught up in the Star Wars movies. This is my last Top 5 favorite moments until Episode VIII in December 2017 for this franchise. Rogue One is the first anthology film and it divided the fans and the critics alike. Some loved the movie and some thought it was boring and pointless. I am more in the middle. I loved the third act of this movie, but I thought that the first act could have done with a little less exposition. There were a lot of new characters and we knew a lot about them, that being said they had no chemistry, especially between the two leads. And usually the best thing about Star Wars are the characters and how they fit in this huge universe, and it was missing from this movie. That being said, I was still entertaining throughout the movie and it did add a lot to the Star Wars lore which is always cool if you are a geek like me.
Star Wars has a lot of amazing droids with C3PO, R2D2 and the new addition BB-8, but K2SO was probably the best character in the whole movie. He had a personality that added a lot to the movie and his sarcasm made horrifying situation hilarious. He was the best character because he had some chemistry with Cassian and Jyn, it didn’t feel forced which is ironic since he’s a robot. His death at the end of the movie was heart wrenching, because we knew that he wanted to help his friends and we felt a connection with him. He was not just on screen to advance the plot, he had funny lines and he felt more relatable than the other characters that were more one note. He could be funny and sarcastic, but at the end of the day, he would always be there for Cassian, so we had the time to build a relationship with the character.
2. Grand Moff Tarkin/Princess Leia
I know that a lot of people won’t agree with me on this, but I thought that the effect were great, especially in IMAX. Yes, there is still a lot of work to do to get them to be perfect. That being said, I felt that Tarkin’s presence in the story was too important and he needed to be there. He was an important figure during the creation of the Death Star and his relationship with other Imperial officials is too interesting to pass because the actor is dead. His relationship with Director Krennic made both character more interesting to the audience, showing that there was a lot of power plays in the Empire. As for Leia, it was a fun cameo and she was there for 15 seconds so I didn’t mind. And as it turned out, it was a great tribute to Carrie Fisher.
3. The Rebel Alliance
This is something I thought this movie did really well, they showed the audience a new side of the Rebel Alliance. In the Original Trilogy, the Rebels are seen as this perfect group who fight for the light and they are always fighting ethically. In this movie, we see Cassian killing one of their own, because he knows that the man won’t be able to escape and he doesn’t want him to get capture. They are in the middle of a war with next to nothing, so they need to fight dirty to win sometimes and that’s what this film shows. We see Cassian as a killer, a spy who does the dirty work for the Alliance. He will lie to Jyn, telling her that they are going to save her father, when in fact, he is ordered to execute him. We see that everything is not black and white when you are trying to win a war. Also, it’s interesting to see the different section of the Alliance that are not fighting the Empire the same way. They do not see eye to eye when it comes to using violence or politics in their decision process.
4. Final Battle on Scarif
This is one of the greatest Star Wars battles, because it mixed ground and space battles. It starts with our heroes on the ground trying to infiltrate the base to get the Death Star plans and it seems that everything is lost, because they are fighting a small group against the Empire. Then arrives the cavalry, the Rebellion with X-Wings lead by Admiral Raddus. Some of the X-Wings will get on the planet’s atmosphere, but others will stay in space. The scale of the battle is bigger than we have seen before and it feels like a real war where the enemy is fighting on every front. Also, it has given us, brilliant space battle sequences, like the one with the two star destroyers that collides together to destroy part of the technology keeping Jyn from sending the Death Star plans. It is a well thought out battle sequence that shows us what it was like to fight the war for a Rebellion soldier.
5. Darth Vader
The first time we see Darth Vader is interesting, because the director is playing with the shadows and the music to show how powerful he really is. This is suppose to be Vader at his mightiest. The conversation between Krennic and Vader shows the audience the power play that happen in the Empire. It would have been impossible to make this movie without having Vader in it. The last sequence when he arrives on the Rebellion’s ship is like candy for a Star Wars fan. I loved that we only hear his breathing at first, so we know who is there, yet we can’t see him. Then it’s his red lightsaber in pitch dark hallway that starts everything everything. The way he fights those soldiers shows how merciless and angry he is, yet how in control of the situation he can be. This makes him terrifying. This was the sequence we have been waiting for. It is by far the best in the movie, because the director uses the light and the sound to show us what happen instead of explaining everything. It is Darth Vader at his might and we can see it.
So what did you thing of Rogue One – A Star Wars Story? It might not have been as good as it could have, since the first and second act were slow to start, but the third act made it all worth it. The new characters could have been more characterized or interesting, that being said, it was great to see a new side of the Rebellion and get a prelude to Episode IV. It is not necessary, but it is Star Wars, so who cares about necessity. The universe is still fantastic and for a fan we get to see new planets and new factions of the Empire and the Rebellion.