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Rogue One: Star Wars Story : Shut up and take my money (Spoilers Inside)
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Warning: Spoilers!!!

It has been a year since the release of the last star wars movie, The Force Awakens. Yet at last, Rogue One : Star Wars Story, the December 2016 spin-off, has been officially released. The movie takes place inside the storyline between the third movie Revenge of the Sith and the 4th movie New Hope. The spin-off has brought a lot of attention around it, mainly because of the completely new cast as well as new characters.

 

 

Released on  14th of December 2016, “Rogue One : a Star Wars Story” is already toping the box office with $357 million . The movie’s rating of 8.3/10 on IMDB and  84% on Rotten Tomatoes may justify all the hype about the new movie. Still, many think it deserves more than an 8.3.

 

Directed by the talented Gareth Edwards, also known for the 2014 Godzilla movie, the new Star Wars movie had a different but unique touch. After all it was the second Star Wars to have a PG-13 rate after “Star wars The Revenge of the Sith“. This is mainly because of the fight scenes that seem to a little too aggressive for some, but quite well shot and well done for my own taste. The director also showed exceptional talent in filming the action scenes. Whether in the battle of Scarif, in the explosion of Jedha or during the turmoil of a tremendous space fight. The large-scale special effects was well put and exciting to watch. I stood breathless whenever a fight scene was about to happen, and there were a lot of those.

Battle of Scarif:

Jedha’s Explosion :

Space Battle :

 

One more thing that I think positively affected the movie was the CGI work, or as many say the CGI magic. Regardless of the tiny flaws that some fans are scrutinizing the trailer to find, they definitely did a good job and I liked it a lot. Both on “Moff Tarkin” the imperial admiral, played by the British “Guy Henry” or on “Princess Leia” played by the Norwegian “Ingvild Deila”, the CGI definitely added some extra points.

(At the end of the movie, Princess Leia appeared for 10 seconds along with R2-D2 and 3-CPO, the whole cinema was like “noooo way dude”, she literally did not age a day, I mean not a single day, just amazing).

Here is video to explain it more :

 

If you hear Rogue One, you mention new characters, and boy it feels good to see some new faces. I could spend days talking about each and every one of them but let me sum it up for you :

These are the main new characters

Jyn Erso:

Daughter of Galen Erso, a formal criminal. Now, she is a rebel and the heroine of the movie. Her bravery and optimistic ideas made her a great leader. She was the one who leaded the mission to extract the plans of the Death Star on Scarif. (more will be explained later)

Captain Cassian Andor:

A captain, a pilot and an Intelligence officer who serves in the Alliance. He worked with Jyn Erso after she has been rescued from jail, to recover the death stars plans.

Bodhi Rook : 

He is an imperial soldier and pilot that was sent by Galen Erso father of Jyn Erso to help the rebellion. He also participated in the battle of Scarif  and was very helpful in infiltrating the imperial installations.

Chirrut Îmwe and  Baze Malbus

These two are close friends that joined the alliance after meeting with Jyn in Jadha. Chirrut is the blind man. He is a strong believer and an adept user of the force even though he is not a Jedi. Baze his “guardian”, always by his side, he is a former assassin and a skilled fighter. Despite their differences, together they are unbeatable. Their story is really interesting yet was vaguely mentioned in the movie.

Darth Vader:

Are you kidding me!!!!!! He is the most known villain in the whole universe. No comment -_-.

Even though his appearances in this movie were minimal, they were more than satisfying. After all, Who doesn’t want to see Darth Vader.

K-2SO:

Save the best for the last, am i right. Here he is, one of the new characters that i got most attached to: K-2SO. He was an imperial “KX-series Security Droid” captured by the rebels and reprogrammed to work for them. Everyone loved him not only because of his important role in infiltrating the imperial installation, but also because of his thoughtful sense of humor that made everybody laugh whenever he cracked a joke.

When asked about what sets K-2SO apart from the other droids, K-2’s voice actor Alan Tudyk replied : “I guess he is a smart ass… he has a way of interjecting a candid quality into very high-stake situations that can be construed as humorous”.

For me he is just an amazing droid. He has the adventurous side of R2-D2 yet more rational and the talkative side of 3-CPO but not as annoying (if you know what I mean), and the mixture gives him a special unique style based on irony and humor, as well as courage and sacrifice.

So who is K-2SO?

Easy, he is the Best Droid Ever.

 

Done with the characters, let me now explain the timeline and the purpose of Rogue one. Remember in the first star wars movie ” new hope”, when Princess Leia sent a message to Obi-Wan Kenobi along with useful information all put inside R2-D2, and telling him “Help Obi-Wan Kenobi you are my only hope”. Well this movie is all about how they got that message and those plans, and the story behind it is epic.

 

 

Well Galen Erso, father of Jyn Erso and the mastermind behind the creation of the death star, sends a message to the rebellion with Bodhi Rook, the imperial pilot, to let them know that he left a weakness in the death star and that it can be destroyed (the weakness for those who remember is the Thermal Exhaust Port that Luke Skywalker launches two missiles into and destroy the death star in Star Wars: New Hope. See what they did there ).

After a lot of traveling around planets, fighting a lot of storm troopers and discussing the mission with the leaders of the rebellion… Jyn Erso along her crew: Captain Cassian Andor, Bodhi Rook, K-2SO, Chirrut Îmwe, Baze Malbus and a bunch of rebel soldiers set to Scarif to retrieve the plans of the death star and send them to the rebellion. With the help of K-2 and Bodhi Rook they manage to infiltrate into a stolen into Scatif. Once they are there, they do all they could to retrieve and send the Death Star plans to the ships waiting outside of Scarif. They fought fearlessly, and many died to protect the mission. They succeed to send the plans outside of Scatif to the ships waiting outside the planet. However their success came with a high price. Lord Vader orders the destruction of Scarif with the death star and all of them die heroically on it’s surface.

Then the movie ends with Darth Vader single-handedly fighting the rebels on a spaceship to capture the plans from getting to Leia. Luckily she escapes at the last second and the plans end up, as planned with her. This is the moment where New Hope starts. Vader gets to Leia after she escaped. Then she sends the plans to Tatooine with R2-D2 before her capture…(you know, the story of Star Wars New Hope).

All in all, the story was overflowing with emotions, the characters were relatable, a lot of action during the whole movie with some reminiscent scenes at the end with Vader and Leia.

One last thing that we must not forget is to thank Rogue One for, other than linking the timeline between New Hope and Revenge of the Sith, answering lots of ambiguous questions that the fans have been wondering about for a very long time and providing a smooth transition to New Hope, is EXPLAINING THE REASON BEHIND THE THERMAL EXHAUST PORT” (aka weakness of the death star). So, please stop with the memes. It was there for a reason .

 

Let me know in the comments what you think about the movie, who is your favorite character is it also K-2SO? what about the CGI “magic”? or who’s story you want to see developed in  a future spin-off? or anything that might slipped my mind.

Here is a little gift to remember me with.

Thank me later .

Then

May The Force Be With You.

 

 

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