A review on Hollywood Epic Space Opera feature length film, ‘Rogue One’ (2016). The Production House is Lucas film Ltd while it is Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

+ Crew
I. Directed by Gareth Edwards
II. Cinematography by Greig Fraser
III. Screenplay by Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy
IV. Edited by John Gilroy, Colin Goudie & Jabez Olssen
V. Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur & Simon Emanuel

+Note
Jimmy Smits, Genevieve O’Reilly, and Anthony Daniels reprise their roles from previous films as Bail Organa, Mon Mothma and C-3PO. Darth Vader physically portrayed by Spencer Wilding & Daniel Naprous while its voice done by James Earl Jones. Guy Henry physically played as Grand Moff Tarkin while CGI special effects are used to replicate the likenesses of Peter Cushing.

The story is written by John Knoll & Gary Whitta and the music is composed by Michael Giacchino (Original Star Wars themes composed by John Williams).

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso
  2. Diego Luna as Cassian Andor
  3. Ben Mendelssohn as Orson Krennic
  4. Donnie Yen as ChirrutÎmwe
  5. Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera
  6. Alan Tudyk as K-2SO
  7. Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook
  8. Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus
  9. Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso

+ Plot
The Rebel Alliance sends their trustworthy, efficient Cassian Andor (Rebel Alliance Intelligence Officer) with unreliable Jyn Erso, the daughter of the unwilling designer of the Galactic Empire’s super weapon, the Death Star, and her quest to retrieve his plans for destroying it.

+ High Points
i – Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso and Ben Mendelssohn as Orson Krennic are the real stars of this film. They have made a mark in the hearts of the viewers and fans alike. Ben Mendelssohn who appeared in TDKR as business tycoon nemesis of Bruce Wayne, here yet again delivered a spectacular performance as menacing shrewd lead villain in this film. Other Honorable Mentions: Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, Alan Tudyk as K-2SO, Guy Henry (physical) as Grand Moff Tarkin and Spencer Wilding, Daniel Naprous (both physical) & James Earl Jones (voice) as Darth Vader.

ii – CGI special effects that are used to replicate the likenesses of Peter Cushing & (Special Easter Egg) are so realistic that you would almost believe that the film has some kind of a time machine that brought back the real faces of the stars from the original episodes.

iii – The overall visual effects and sound mixing / design throughout the film, is one of the best of this year’s films.

iv – The WRATH of Darth Vader! His scenes are absolutely awesome to watch, in fact more superior to the ones of the lead character of this film; and simply Why Not? After all this is THE Darth Vader we are talking about here! The director kept his best scene at the last of the film where I can assure you that you would NOT be disappointed!

v – There are so many Easter eggs in this film where some of them were really SURPRISING for me. Though I would NOT give away the spoilers but I do admit that I was very PLEASED to see them. If you are really a STAR WARS fan who have watched their episodes many times already (and know its ‘In & Outs’) then yes you would EASILY recognize these few seconds of Easter eggs that be shown to you.

+ Low Points
i – Just for your knowledge, there is no starting title crawl shown before the film actually begins nor duel of light sabers or appearances by Jedi Knights / Masters. This film is based on the event between episode III & IV. So it was hard for us viewers to overcome with this fact even if you knew this beforehand.

ii – Since this film is a standalone story with no sequels attached to it, which is why the supporting characters were hard to be connected with the viewers’ interest.

iii – Some people thought we might able to see more of Darth Vader scenes where in actual were quite few.

iv – Naturally the film would not have met expectations with the episodes’ saga. Those people were mostly disappointed who had high expectations from this film.

+ Overall
Star Wars’s latest installment is not exactly the one that audience are looking for, however Star Wars: Rogue One is still a warm welcome to the long running epic franchise.

Rate: 3.50 out of 5 stars