I have grown up watching and loving the Star Wars movies and am even among the few who likes Episodes I-III (with the exception of Jar Jar, of course). Episode VII was amazing and continues the story we all know and love. However, I was not sure what to think about Rogue One and its role in the Star Wars canon. Where did it fit and would I know any of the characters? I attended a media screening of Rogue One which answered my questions and am excited to share this spoiler-free review with my readers.
First, let’s start with where Rogue One fits into the Star Wars story. You will remember that at the beginning of the first movie, Episode IV: A New Hope, Princess Leia has the blueprints for the Death Star. But how exactly did she get them? Rogue One tells the story of how the Death Star was built and how the Rebel Alliance got the plans which it would later use to destroy the Death Star.
I have heard Rogue One described as a spin-off, but I think that is a bad description. This movie fits seamlessly into the Star Wars tradition. There are plenty of new characters that you do not know. However, there are several key familiar faces and names, and a few surprises as well. This is definitely a movie for the Star Wars fan, but Star Wars newbies will like it as well (just watch Episode IV first).
As always, we need to address whether this movie is appropriate for the kids. I believe you need to know your child. If they have seen the other Star Wars movies, they will be fine. This movie has quite a bit of fighting and some character deaths, but is no more violent than the Avengers movies. Again, know your child.
I am looking forward to seeing this movie again with my family. It is masterfully done and is the perfect bridge between the two trilogies.
Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action.
Worth seeing in 3D? I saw in 2D but will update after I see it in 3D
Scene after the credits? No. But the final scene in the movie will blow your mind!
Politics: Contrary to what has circulated on social media this week, there is no anti-Trump message anywhere in this movie. Don’t let modern politics mess up this great movie tradition! May the Force be with you!
Movie order clarification (since I was asked for more detail).
The Star Wars movies were released in this order:
1977: Episode IV: A New Hope
1980: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
1983: Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi
(Above are called the OT or Original Trilogy).
1999: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
2002: Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
2005: Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
(Above are called the prequel trilogy).
2015: Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
(The above is the first of the Sequel Trilogy).
Rogue One is chronologically between Episode III and Episode IV. However if you want to refresh your memory so that Rogue One is more relevant to you, watch Episode IV before you see Rogue One.
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