Unless you live under a rock or in a galaxy far, far away, then you know that the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story came out last December. When talking about this movie, it is important to add emphasis to, “A Star Wars Story.” True, this movie is a Star Wars story, and yes, they have lightsabers and Stormtroopers with terrible aim, but this film is not one of the main Star Wars films. Rogue One is the first of two movies that will come out as part of the Star Wars Anthology series. The Anthology series will be stand-alone films that bridge the gap and answer important questions posed by the original Star Wars films. Disney CFO Jay Rasulo has described these stand-alone films as origin stories. The next film in the Anthology series will be about young Han Solo…but for now, back to Rogue One.
Rogue One is a beautiful film that fulfills the Anthology series’ intentions. Rogue One bridges the gap between Episodes III and IV, Revenge of the Sith and a New Hope. The story is set immediately before the happenings of A New Hope. Rogue One introduces you to new characters but also brings in many of the same classic characters that you are already familiar with from the previous movies. Without giving away spoilers, Rogue One basically explains how the Rebel fighters ended up with the plans to the Death Star and are able to destroy it in the later films. Also, the movie features what is arguably the best Darth Vader scene…ever.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, then you need to jump into hyperdrive and get to the first showing you can to enjoy this awesome film. You will not regret it and I can almost guarantee that you will want to go back and watch it again- and that means something coming from the guy who has seen it three times already and will buy it the second it drops onto DVD.