Here’s the thing with me and Star Wars, it’s too deep in me for me to do anything but love, at least on first pass. I’ll go back and find the problems but I’m just thrilled on the first go round.

Rogue One: A Star Wars story is a very different feel for a Star Wars movie. It’s pace and tone make The Empire Strikes Back feel like a comedic romp. This is a dark, dark movie. You know, for Star Wars.

Without too many spoilers, we get the story of Jyn Orso, the daughter of an Imperial Scientist who joins up with the Rebel Alliacne in order to first retrieve her father and then the plans to the battle station he designed. You’ve probably heard of it. It’s called The Death Star.

Over the course of the movie, Jyn teams up with a rag tag gang, and they succeed at a terrible cost. There’s scary villains, idealistic politicians but the movie is focused on the often terrible choices even the good guys have to make in order to free the people around them.

The return of Darth Vader is equal parts menacing and hilarious. (Maybe just to me, but I thought it was funny.) I was eager to see Jimmy Smits put in more work as Bail Organa and wasn’t disappointed. The reanimated Peter Cushing was a neat trick, but overused and the final shot of a young Carrie Fisher, off to start this whole thing.

In the great pantheon of Star Wars, I think Rogue One is one of the best made films in the series. It is not, however, going to be a favorite of mine, it didn’t hit me in the same way The Force Awakens did last year.

  1. Moana
  2. The Nice Guys
  3. Arrival
  4. Don’t Think Twice
  5. Star Wars: Rogue One
  6. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
  7. Queen of Katwe
  8. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
  9. Pete’s Dragon
  10. Ghostbusters
  11. Captain America: Civil War
  12. Kubo And The Two Strings
  13. Star Trek Beyond
  14. The Magnificent 7
  15. Doctor Strange
  16. X-Men: Apocalypse
  17. The Legend Of Tarzan
  18. Suicide Squad
  19. Finding Dory
  20. Independence Day: Resurgence
  21. Alice Through The Looking Glass


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