Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

A Christmas Treat for the Lovers of the Force

Dalia N, III Year B.A. English.

The trailer to ‘Rogue One’, the first of the anthology movies in the Star Wars franchise, was a tad incongruous with the effect rendered by the first six movies. Despite the initial cynicism, nervous excitement filled the heart as the movie began. The beauty of opening scene of all the Star Wars movies is the way they establish the situation upon which the plot is foregrounded. It excites the spectator because any beginning similar to “Once upon a time” gives us the thrills of reminiscence and for a story set in a galaxy far, far away we are more than just excited, we are filled with childlike wonder.

Rogue One started off-key without the opening crawl. The movie set off with the aim to fill the gap between “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope.” So it is obvious that the plotline follows the growth of the Rebel Alliance’s resistance against the Empire. Here is the questionable part: where is the rebellion? Unless the shady meetings that discussed strategy and people running about here and there to board their X-wing fighters were considered as the spirit of resistance.

It has somehow become mandatory that a nobody, a supposed orphan or the child of the “bad man turned good” should save the day in the galaxy far, far away. Jyn Erso did her part, but it seemed like the creators deliberately tried to endorse their recognition of female prowess to play the lead. Her companion Cassian Andor is puzzling from the very beginning. The problem with the characterisation was that it lacked continuity; most of the characters were new and are not seen in the episodes that follow. The spectators were therefore flustered with the amount of exposition thrown at them.

CGI Tarkin did not fail to give us the chills but he did leave us wondering why the makers didn’t retain John William’s magic. Michael Giacchino managed to create a soundtrack that seemed to suit the film’s mood, but it was not good enough to follow the rapturous legacy John Williams had left. The movie has meticulously avoided the green laser beam to remind us that Anakin had almost annihilated the Jedi. Though it fills the gaps, it has started a new set of queries.

The plot is predictable as it has come after most of the enthusiastic audience have watched the previous movies several times. The movie becomes a bit irksome due to the forced humour, miserable slapstick and jarring errors. It however does not fail to capture Vader’s sinisterly essence. It perfectly shows Vader’s penultimate stage in his growth into a fearsome Sith Lord. By placing him in Mustafar it established that he unflinchingly drew his energy from the dark side.

Star Wars has had the most amazing droids. K-2S0 was not the adorable kind of droid we have seen, for he is very similar to General Grievous and a clear example of the failed screenplay. Imwe and Malbus stole hearts. The CGI made the theatre go wild as the audience lived for the moment when Leia turns to realise that Vader is on board.

Rogue One was not as disastrous as “The Force Awakens,” but it was disappointing. The unique thing about Star Wars is that it is like a feeling, you don’t get tired of the Death Stars, levitating aliens or force-chokes, yet you are simply too excited to just experience the space opera. Rogue One does not remain afloat for that reason alone for it is a hit that evokes that longing one had after the initial trilogy.

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