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Rebels with a cause

Alex Kelley, Staff Writer

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When the “Star Wars” prequels came out in 1999, they were meant to introduce a new generation of kids to the “Star Wars” galaxy with the story of how Darth Vader came to be. Long story short, a lot of people hated the prequels. Seeing this, Disney bought the rights to “Star Wars” with a promise to continue the franchise. Last year, J.J Abrams produced “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and blew away the box office by making $247.7m opening weekend.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is the next addition to the “Star Wars” universe. But instead of taking place after the events of “The Force Awakens, “Rogue One” takes place right before the events of the original “Star Wars” (AKA “Episode IV: A New Hope”) and is the first of three upcoming anthology films. Confusing? Sure. But for “Star Wars” fans like myself, this movie shows us that a “Star Wars” prequel can be really good.

“Rogue One” tells the story of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a former criminal who organizes a group of ragtag rebels to help her obtain the plans to the death star. Obviously, since the movie is a prequel, we know she succeeds in the end. But this movie still has a way of surprising us with great, and sometimes unexpected, scenes that pull together the movies in unique and subtle ways. Since the movie takes place before the original,some iconic characters like Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and Han Solo are not in the film. However, Darth Vader does make a comeback, and thanks to CGI, some other familiar faces do return giving us a great sense of nostalgia.

The battle scenes are war movie worthy. “Rogue One” has put the ‘wars’ back into “Star Wars” with stunning action scenes and a PG-13 rating. There is an “in the trenches” feel to much of the film, as we watch the main characters and their rebel allies battle in the forest and in the tropical environment of Scarif. The visual language of “Star Wars” has been beautifully recreated, yet “Rogue One” still is able to have its own vibe.

The fan service is stunning with nice details and direct references to the older and newer films. While this is great, and a massive selling point for fans like myself, this doesn’t appeal to those who are new to the saga. Although I recommend “Star Wars” to anyone, people who have never seen a “Star Wars” movie probably shouldn’t watch “Rogue One” first. They may feel disappointed when they don’t understand why the person next to them is throwing popcorn everywhere in excitement.

Director Gareth Edwards had no worry plunging the audience directly into this new story. The densely-packed first 30 minutes involves a lot of character introductions, planet-hopping, and exposition-driven dialogue, almost to the point that it’s hard to keep up. It seems they didn’t have enough time for character development, and that’s essential for the end of the movie. Of course, they only had two hours to explain a very large backstory, so this was somewhat expected.

“Rogue One” offers a remarkable recreation of the “Star Wars” world by delivering a prequel that lives up to the originals. It somehow made the original “Star Wars” better than it was before.  The movie delivers a feeling of high stakes and tension, despite knowing the rebels will succeed in the end. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has given us a new hope for the future of “Star Wars.”

 

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