Being a fan of the Star Wars Universe it was a no brainer that I was going to go out and see Rouge One: A Star Wars Story. Ever since I was introduced to the world of Star Wars in 1996, I’ve fallen in love with this epic science fiction saga.
Before watching Rouge One, one of the key questions I asked myself “Was this story worthy of a movie”? To answer this question I took a look at the premise of the movie and how well it was handled. This is a story about a band of Rebels on a quest to steal the plans to the Galactic Empires ultimate weapon known as the Death Star. Now to anybody who has seen Episode IV and read its title crawl, we already know the results of the mission to steal the plans. One may ask themselves, if we know the outcome of the mission why go see the movie? My answer is quite simple. I treated everything like an old film noir movie. In a film noir we know the ending at the beginning. The movies task is to tell the story about how we got to said ending which is the title crawl of Episode IV. Rouge one does just that in my opinion. Characters are properly used and their actions properly set the building blocks for Episode IV. As the movies job is to set the stage for that episode
As befits any story set between Episodes III and VI, one big question on my is how does Darth Vader fit into all of this? The answer is not a lot and I’m okay with that. In this story he’s more a supporting character and only used for a few scenes. What makes me okay with him being used sparingly is that when he is on screen he properly advances the story. While I won’t say how he was used as a supporting character, I will say one of his scenes still gives me the chills.
Over the course of the movie one huge lesson became clear to me. Rouge One taught me the importance of sacrifices being essential to meeting our goals. Sacrifices can come in many forms. These range from giving up our freedom all the way to potentially giving up our lives to achieve a personal goal or the goal of a group. In the movie there were several stellar examples of such sacrifices. This ranged from anywhere from switching sides in a civl war all the way to standing up to Darth Vader. I won’t say what happened in each case as that would spoil the movie. But the message is clear. Sacrifices of some sort are needed to achieve our goals.
Modern Star Wars movies have been known for stretching the bounds of modern animation and Rouge One doesn’t disappoint. One key example comes to mind. This has to do with the appearances of Grand Moff Tarkin and a young Princess Leia. Peter Cushing (Tarkin) died in 1994 and Carrie Fisher (Leia) who wasn’t officially cast in the movie were both put on screen digitally. It wasn’t until after I saw the movie that I learned that it was animation. I just thought that the make up artist and sound editor did an amazing job. Even after learning that fact and watching the movie a second time, I had immense trouble detecting what was real and what was animation.
With a properly executed and quite intriguing story, Rouge One in my opinion has earned its spot in the Star Wars Universe. While Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is still my favorite movie out of the universe, Rouge One has earned its spot in my heart and will be a day one purchase once it’s out for physical purchase.