Rouge One: A Star Wars Story - 3 Stars
A prequel to the sequels of the prequels….which is actually rather good.
The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.
I had my doubts about this new Star Wars spin-off, it seemed destined to fail after the huge critical and financial success of last year’s Star Wars 7. However, this story clears up some issues with the original films and delivers a fascinating insight into the original Rebellion. It features all-new characters, who are hugely dynamic, diverse and charismatic, and Darth Vader!
Diego Luna is an absolute star, his charisma and charm is equal to that of Harrison Ford in the original trilogy, and I hope that the franchise can utilise him in other ways in the coming years. Alan Tudyk voices a brilliantly comedic robot, who also manages to capture your heart. Felicity Jones, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang and the rest of the leading cast are great. Forest Whitaker is overacting in his supporting role and he really should’ve been recast.
The script does have faults, there are actually quite a few and at least 15 minutes could’ve been chopped. However, it’s so much better than Star Wars 1-3 that you don’t really mind. It’s a really good Star Wars film with a strong political message.
Overall if you’re a Star Wars fan you can’t afford to miss it.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay