Rogue One is the first standalone Star Wars movie and without any lead character who has a lightsabre. There are still high octane action sequences and chases, but no swashbuckling or stylistic lightsabre duels. So the question is, how well does the first Star Wars without lightsabers hold up?
The answer is, not very well. In taking away lightsabers, Disney took away all the elements which make Star Wars Star Wars.
Rogue One has most of the Star Wars staples. Grand music, all sorts of aliens, beautiful and diverse aliens and above everything else, the Force.
Even then Rogue One is a let-down. The aim of this is to teach Disney that you can’t just make any story, set it in space, replace random characters with aliens, put the Star Wars label on it and call it a Star Wars film. It doesn’t work like that.
Star Wars movies, the original six were fearless. Even though Episodes 1 and 2 were terrible, they took risks. The original six always broke new ground in term of storytelling, bringing in new plot lines, characters we instantly fell in love with. Leia’s headstrong attitude, the fall of Anakin Skywalker (I loved Episode 3 and Christopher Haydenen’s acting, no matter what anyone say), the wise Obi-Wan preceding the one we say all through the original trilogy.
Then they always tried to innovate the action sequences and elements. Sometimes a battle in space, some times in a space ship, once the weirdest battle with Gungans and Droids (Didn’t like it as much, but it still was different), another time a battle in Jabba’s place.
Force Awakens and Rogue One don’t introduce any new elements and instead feel like mash ups of the original six. Seriously, what is it with droids and outer space battles in every movie? Give it a rest and get something new. I’ve seen more space fighters in Force Awakens and Rogue One combined than in the original six. The over reliance of the new Star Wars movies on the elements of the original six and playing it safe will be their greatest downfall.
My above statements should make clear my emotions for Rogue One. It was slow, disappointing and was comparable to episodes 1 and 2 in terms of badness. This is the first movie everywhere I felt like moving out of the theatre. Then came the climax. I became positive it was as bad or maybe even worse.
All the new characters felt rehashed or clichéd or boring to too familiar. From a mile away, you could tell that Director Kremmic (Ben Mendelsohn) was a clichéd English James Bond villain. I mean come on, think of something new. And then there was K-2SO, a reprogramed Imperial Droid being used by the republic. What is it with keeping a droid in every movie? What’s this obsession? It was blatantly obvious K-2SO was made similar to C-3PO, acting as comic relief with his sass, which is best left to C-3PO. Though K-2SO, when he didn’t come off as a replica, had his moment. That line for a dog, “I cry more every time a dog dies”, I could apply to K-2SO.
The only stand out for me was Bodhi (Riz Ahmed) as an Imperial Pilot. His character was one of the finest parts of Rogue One.
There are many returning characters. Many people of the Rebel Alliance, all stupid and less gutsy returned.
Darth Vader is in a cameo. Vader’s new mannerisms were cool and reminiscent of the classic Vader in Episode 4, but it wasn’t perfect. It didn’t feel natural.
Then there is General Tarkin, played by Guy Henry. Oh how I’ve missed his cocky, cool, confident and pompous ass. I love this guy. The made Episode 4 a treat and Rogue One too.
Besides the amazing music and beautiful, there was another thing which made this movie amazing.
Up until now, we’ve only seen the force as a tool by Jedi’s and used by people to wish luck. Rogue One expands the Force. It shows how the normal people believe in the force; treat it as a religion. They pray to the force and put their trust in it. The force is what guides them. “The Force is with me. And I am one with the force”.
These words portray the faith of the people in the force.
Rogue One is among the worst Star Wars has to offer and there is nowhere is go but up. You can’t make a Star Wars movie like this. The only salvaging factors of mess Rogue One are the planets and locations (which felt more like placeholders and compensating for a terrible script), Tarkin and The Force.
Seriously Disney, if this is the level of Star Wars you’re making, stop it. We can do without you senselessly milking the franchise with insane mediocrity.
Rating – 2.5/4
The second post of the Three Days, Three Posts! Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Hope you guys love the review, and to all fans, no matter how terrible it is, it is our duty as Star Wars fans to stick to the franchise even when it goes bad!
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