Movie Review: Rogue One A Star Wars (2016) *The Half of A New Hope You Never Knew You Missed*

Felicity Jones, Jyn Erso, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first standalone film in the Star Wars Saga.  As such, there are a lot of questions surrounding it from the general public and Star Wars’ rabid fan base.  I’ve sat here for a good hour and tried to figure out a way to do a spoiler-free review of the film, and I don’t think it’s possible given the level of detail that Star Wars fans care about.  So I’m going to tell you in a quick bullet what I think of the film, then if you don’t want more detail, bail and head to your theater because this is absolutely worth seeing on the biggest screen possible.  Rogue One is definitely its own animal, but at the same time manages to be a Star Wars film so integral to the Saga that by the time it’s done it feels like the first half of A New Hope that you never realized was missing.  It’s not perfect; it’s not the best film of the year; it’s not the best Star Wars film; and, at times, it struggles with the balance of standing alone and blending with the Episode Films.  Its issues, though, are fair outweighed by what it gets right.  Rogue One an action-packed return to the days of the Original Trilogy that takes one sentence from A New Hope’s opening crawl and expands it into a story that makes A New Hope a better film and the Saga better as a whole.  It’s a very different Star Wars experience, but one very much worth having, so go now if you haven’t already! (Thus endeth my spoiler-free portion). Continue reading Movie Review: Rogue One A Star Wars (2016) *The Half of A New Hope You Never Knew You Missed*