ince Disney bought the rights to Lucas Film Ltd we have been treated to many new adventures of the beloved Star Wars universe. Whether it’s been Star Wars: Rebels or last year’s blockbuster The Force Awakens some fans have been left with a sour taste in their mouths. Rogue One was a breath of fresh air, I found the film enjoyable and a thrilling adventure. It’s not a Star Wars film but it still held the magic, mystery and suspense that the original trilogy holds dear.
WARNING SPOILERS TO FOLLOW, IF and only IF you haven’t seen Rogue One ABORT. NOW!
Now that I’ve got that little disclaimer out of the way I can continue on with my review. First of all I thoroughly enjoyed this film. After being slightly disappointed with Episode VII, I was worried that this new instalment was going to be a little naff also, I was so wrong! From start to finish I was in awe, the special effects on the late Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) was incredible! Even though he was completely computer generated Tarkin still gave a cold and sinister presence on-screen. The voice used was down to a T. It was incredible, not to mention the brief appearances of everyone’s favourite baddy Darth Vader. Even though we don’t see much of him his total badass appearance at the very end of the film makes up for it. The way he slaughters the Rebel Troopers makes you cheer on for him but at the same time you want the good guys to win, which they do but with a cost.
The film also has some funny bits, which gives it a good balance and makes it a rather enjoyable film. After viewing the film I was left feeling like I was seven years old again and that I wanted to watch New Hope within seconds of the credits appearing of the screen. This film is for the fans. There are references and stepping stones that lead to the events of the original trilogy, which will leave many fans satisfied with what Disney/Lucas Film has conjured up for us. I also enjoyed the use of stock-footage for the Red Squadron for the penultimate battle scene of the film. I found that the use of original footage from Episode IV was a nice touch. Though Rogue One isn’t a Star Wars film nor does it feel like a prequel, it’s more of a caper for the original 1977 film.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had a decent amount of references and Easter eggs to other instalments in the Star Wars universe, which I liked. It was too over the top like last year’s instalment. It was more diegetic and easy to enjoy. Many eagle eyed fans would be able to see that The Ghost makes a brief appearance towards the end and not to mention the appearance of Dr Cornelius Evazan and his ugly and aggressive companion Ponda Baba, who’ll eventually lose his arm to Obi Wan at Mos Eisley Spaceport on Tatooine, another event that happens in Episode IV.