Rogue One: a Star Wars story

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If you don’t already recognise her, this is Felicity Jones.

Jones plays the rebel Jyn Erso in Rogue One, the lastest film in the long running Star Wars franchise. Jyn is from a place called Jedha, a small desert moon which is known to be one of the first civilizations to explore the force.When she was a young girl, her father, Galen Erso, was taken by Orson Krennic to complete the construction of the Death Star. Years later, Jyn became a part of a rebel team (above) setting out to steal the Death Star blueprints.

Following this extraction, the blueprints are sent to the resistance and later leads to the destruction on the master weapon by Luke Skywalker in A New Hope.

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Mixed into this film are two characters created through CGI, Grand Moff ‘Governor’ Tarkin and cameoing right at the end, Princess Leia. It is mentioned earlier in the film that a Jedi will be contacted and isn’t revealed until the end that it is in fact, Leia. This short detail allows Rogue One to transition nicely into the next film, in which we see Luke receiving the message “Help me, Obi-Wan Kanobi. You’re my only hope” from Leia. Not to mention the ending shot is a direct take from the beginning of A New Hope,  basically Darth Vader being an evil badass.

One thing that differs this Star Wars film from the others is the lack of the iconic main theme music, not that this takes anything away from the overall film, although I was  expecting to hear it alongside the title crawl, which was also not included. Weather or not there was a specific reason for this decision, I thoroughly enjoyed it from the beginning right to end. Considering the ending of Rogue One, the foreseeable death of most rebels involved, it wasn’t disappointing but rather understandable for the sake of the next film, A New Hope.

It’s also worth mentioning that a cameo from everyone’s favourites, R2D2 and C-3PO can never go wrong and is always appreciated. In the words of C-3PO, “Don’t call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight glob of grease”……

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In light of the recent loss of our widely beloved Princess, Carrie Fisher, now is a perfect time than ever to re-watch and reminisce the greatest moments of Leia. She was a strong female character that fought to defend the galaxy she loved with her loyal companions.

For those who haven’t seen Rogue One, it’s a rebellion built on hope and I highly recommend.

Live Long and Prosper – E

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