Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

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Another movie from the world’s probably most dashing science fiction franchise: yeay or nay? Hmm. We’ll decide later. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a movie that takes place aftet Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and shortly before Episode IV: A New Hope. Rogue One focuses primarily on Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a Rebel Alliance’s recruit, who has to steal the design of The Empire new terrifying weapon, Death Star. Jyn teams up with Alliance’s pilot Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and his reprogrammed droid K-2SO (voiced by Alan Tudyk), in order to reveal The Death Star’s weakness, that has been told by Jyn’s father and also the Empire’s researcher Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen). In order to reduce the risk of this movie’s piracy in Asia (haha), they also assist Jyn with two great Asian actors, Jiang Wen as Baze and Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe. Later, Jyn’s successfully transmitted data of Death Star’s weak point will be carried out by Leia, and you know, the rest is history.

8/10. I tell you, this movie has successfully captured the emotion, feel and golden touch of the original trilogy. Though it is said to be a separated story (or they called it the Anthology trilogy), Rogue One probably tried to be the “missing link”, or the midquel, or for me it’s a deja-vu-quel, from the main story. It links us to the moment after Anakin Skywalker was left alone at the volcano by Obi wan Kenobi, then his metamorphosis to be Darth Vader, to the moment when Leia received “the message” about how to beat The Death Star. Since I said it is a deja-vu-quel, then yes, you may see the original James Earl Jones back in his black suit as the baddest badass Darth Vader or the re-capture of the young Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. Also, this movie brings out Senator Jebel (played by Jonathan Aris), Mon Mothma (played by Genevieve O’Reilly) and Leia’s adopted father Bail Organa (played by Jimmy Smits) from The Clone Wars into life! Yeay?

This movie has a very good CGI, yes, thanks to this movie now you can see that Death Star is blowing up a planet like a nuclear reaction and not only just blow like on Episode IV. This movie is also has good music and some good old nostalgic moments with the original trilogy. However, maybe I’m just tired of Star Wars’ formula for the main female that has rebellious and strong character like Padme, Leia or even now Rey, and the droid. You can see C3-PO and R2D2 too here, thank you. When they repeated the formula on this movie, I just sighed boringly. Jyn Erso is almost having the same character as the other three, so though Felicity Jones is playing her role dramatically good, I just fed up with the character. Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor is nothing but an eye candy. The surprising casts are Jiang Wen’s Baze, Donnie Yen’s Chirrut and Riz Ahmed’s Bodhi. They give soul to this movie. While Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen give this movie a martial art show within the force, Riz Ahmed brings up the good interaction with other cast members. The best part of this movie is the brutally honest droid K-2SO, within its unbalanced built and its totally hilarious abrupt jokes. “I can see 84% chance we all killed on this mission,” he said lightly.

So, Rogue One is a yeay or nay? For me, it’s a yeay in term if you wanna deja vu with the original trilogy, but a nay if you were talking about the same old formula of both story and castings.

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