Star Wars Rogue One Makes a Big Splash

By Kaileigh Deacon

Star Wars, for some people, is enough to get them excited about a movie, while others want nothing to do with it. I fall into the first category. I am a big Star Wars fan but even though I was excited I was also hesitant about where the movie would fall in the franchise. 

“Rogue One,” is a Star Wars story that is set apart from the seven movies that are already out and is a story that takes place in the same universe but not necessarily with the same characters. Jyn Erso is a girl that has lost a lot to the Rebel Alliance’s fight against the Empire and wants nothing to do with it, but when the opportunity to find her father she hasn’t seen in years and clear her name from some indiscretions she throws herself into the cause. The journey sways her and she becomes part of the Rebel Alliance. Enough to take on the most dangerous mission the Alliance has faced. The Empire has developed the most dangerous weapon imaginable, the Death Star. Jyn and her friends undertake a mission to steal the Death Star plans to give them an advantage they desperately need. 

The story line for this movie is set shortly before “Star Wars IV: A New Hope.” The creators of this movie took a storyline casually mentioned in the original Star Wars Trilogy and developed it and the characters involved into a full blown story.  The character development was excellent and inventive and made a new group of characters to explore. The actors selected for their roles were very appropriate and fit them quite well. There are some familiar characters from the original films whose characters needed to appear in the story. The casting of these roles was done to perfection making them feel almost as if it were the original actors. 

While this has much the same feel of the other Star Wars movies it also stands apart from the others in many ways. Unlike the previous Star Wars films this one has a much darker premise and is in many ways a war film. That being said this movie is not without humor and a lot of it comes from Donnie Yen’s character. There is also a new droid that will cause even the toughest nut to crack into a smile. 

While this movie, like the other Star Wars movies, is fun for all ages, this one I think that parents might want to keep real young kids away as some of the fighting can get a bit intense and might frighten some. 

I enjoyed this movie, though some of the diehard Star Wars fans might find a few small flaws, it was very entertaining. I was entertained the entire length of the movie and think that this was a wonderful addition to the Star Wars Saga. I would give this movie four and a half out of five stars.