By: Jason In
Disney released the first film of the Star Wars anthology series, the highly anticipated Rogue One, on December 15.
The anthology film, which means that it is not part of the main saga, Rogue One tells us the story of how the Rebel Alliance was able to get the plans to blow up the Death Star, which was arguably the largest part of the story to the original Star Wars and led to comic-book-store arguments for years. Disney gives us the answers to those questions following the crew of Rogue One.
I won’t spoil anything about the movie to anyone, but when I watched it, the movie was a little bit different than a regular Star Wars movie. For example, this film doesn’t have the usual opening crawl (the part where words move up the screen) like the saga films, replacing it instead with a cold open. Also, there were no lightsaber duels, as there were no Jedi in this film. And the majority of the characters in the film that the audience follows are original characters that we have never seen before.
A part of the movie that was not great was the overuse of CGI to recreate the faces of the original cast members to those actors that replaced them after portraying their characters. It was too obvious to see that Princess Leia’s character was remade and just took the audience away from that moment that was supposed to be special.
Despite the changes (and CGI problems), the movie itself was great. The action scenes were exhilarating with amazing special effects, older characters were present to make fans excited, and, with likeable new characters such as Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, and K-2SO (Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, and Alan Tudyk), the cast of the film was able to give great performances. This movie will be well liked by people who are already fans of the franchise and even those who aren’t will really enjoy this movie.