By Sam Henderson
Summary: Taking place before Star Wars: A New Hope, a woman named Jyn Erso joins the Rebel Alliance and recruits a team of rebels to help steal the plans of the Empire's Death Star
It's funny that Disney is releasing one Star Wars movie every Christmas season. I think it's a perfect Christmas treat.
Rogue One is the second Stars Wars movie to be distributed by Disney, following Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and it's the first movie in a series of Star Wars stand-alone movies, known as the Star Wars Anthology Series. It's a perfect break from the sequel trilogy.
As with the other Star Wars movies, the special effects are awesome to look at and the action in the movie is awesome as well. My only disappointment about the movie is the lack of lightsaber duels.
The acting is extremely good, especially from Felicity Jones. It's fascinating that we're getting British actresses to play female protagonists in the series like Daisy Ridley.
Like The Empire Strikes Back and Revenge of the Sith, the movie is a little dark.
The music from Michael Giacchino is very good. It's the first Star Wars live-action movie to not be composed by John Williams, who composed the main series.
The humor is funny. Most of the characters from A New Hope returned, but we get new actors with similar faces and CGI.
The direction frm Garteh Edwards, the director of Godzilla, is very fascinating. The new characters are interesting. Most of the new characters' names are a little hard to pronounce.
In this critic's opinion, Rogue One isn't as good as the original trilogy (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi) or The Force Awakens, but it's better than the prequel trilogy (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith). It's a good start of the Star Wars Anthology Series and an entertaining installment of George Lucas's wildly popular sci-fi franchise. I'm excited for Episode VIII.
Rating: 4/5 stars