Star Wars Spin Off Doesn’t Disappoint

The Force is strong with "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

Jake Boren, Sports Editor

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From Lucasfilm’s first stand-alone story “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” comes another exciting blockbuster that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This movie takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far away during a time of conflict. A group of unlikely heroes ban together on a mission to steal the plans for the evil empires weapon of mass destruction, the Death Star.

This spin off fits right in with the existing Star Wars episodes that the fans know and love while also incorporating new concepts and ideas. “Rogue One” overlaps slightly with episode IV “A New Hope” providing the perfect back-story to an iconic trilogy first released in 1977.

Aside from being an entertaining film, this prequel provides skeptics with the perfect explanation to some of the biggest Star Wars questions in the galaxy. Like how a one-man fighter can destroy a moon sized weapon, and how Princess Leah became aware of the Death Stars major weakness.

After a horrible experience with the additions of episodes I, II, and III in the early 2000’s Star Wars fans are ecstatic to finally have the Prequel they always wanted.

“Rogue One” combines the old look and feel of the original episodes while also incorporating incredible special effects and graphics.

Jyn Erso played by Felicity Jones was very fitting in this role. As were her fellow cast members, but don’t get too attached… Some younger children may find this film upsetting and I would recommend parental accompaniment simply because of the violence and dark themes of the film.

This Movie had no Jedi or ewoks, and didn’t follow the traditional story lines of existing episodes. Rather it had more of a down and dirty, World War II battle type feel to it which I think fans find refreshing. It takes risks and I think that they really paid off.

The story line is well thought out and doesn’t take and shortcuts. It provides the perfect combination of action and plot. Unlike “Phantom Menace” which bored you with politics, “Rogue One” had just enough action, but nothing over the top.

Some younger audiences who might be unfamiliar with the Star Wars universe may find this movie a little confusing, boring, or both. However for those who call themselves Star Wars fans this is a must see movie that will not disappoint.

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Star Wars Spin Off Doesn’t Disappoint