If you’re ever stuck in a hallway with Lord Vader, hope to god that you’re not a Rebel soldier.
Rogue One : A Star Wars Story picks up quite some time after Episode 3 : Revenge of the Sith but just before the original Star Wars. In here, you find a motley of characters ranging from rebels, kung-fu warriors, imperial droids, pilots et cetera in a quest to retrieve the structural plans of the Death Star which, as we all know, gets blown up in A New Hope. On paper, this project seems to have the potential to tell a different kind of story, one which doesn’t include overpowered Sith lords and Jedi, but rather small, human players. Something different to look forward to.
Its not all different. And its nothing new.
Rogue One does offer a different kind of setting than a Jedi-vs-Sith saga. Here, there’s no lightsaber duels (apart from a very sensational one in the end), just the standard adventure movie template consisting of fighting, planning and moving from one planet to another. This entry in the Star Wars Saga may be slightly mature and darker than the rest of the episodes, but it offers no radical originality that the original flick was once famous for. The corporate policy of “take-no-chances” has tied it down to being a passable experience. Apart from a couple of performances (Tudyk, Yen and Mendelson) there’s nothing in this movie that stands out.
Rogue One makes you wish they’d stick strictly to lightsabers.
Rating : 3/5