Star Wars has developed a cult like following the world over. So, when it was announced that the franchise would be spinning off a movie, which is related to the traditional Star Wars story, but is not the actual Star Wars story that we know, the anticipation was great.
Disney punts Rogue One as an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things. And, in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Rogue One might be a "side-story", but it fills in the gaps between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope.
How exactly did the Rebel Alliance get the plans for the Death Star? And, how did such a well-made machine have such an unusual flaw which allowed the rebels to destroy it?
Those are the questions that Rogue One aims to answer.
Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso, the unwilling heroine of the movie.
Years after The Empire causes her to lose both her parents - in different ways - she becomes the person that the Rebel Alliance rests all of their hopes on.
There is the expected rag-tag band of unlikely heroes. They, in typical Disney fashion, are unwilling to do the right thing for the greater good.
In the end, they do not only what is needed. But, go above and beyond the call of duty as they discover themselves along the way.
This might make it sound like a rather sweet movie. But, Rogue One shows a darker, non-Sith, side of the Star Wars universe.
The Rebel Alliance doesn't have the spotless image that many of us believed them to have, based on other Star Wars movies.
In fact, at times, you wonder if their ethos of "whatever it takes for the greater good" doesn't put them on the path to be as bad as The Empire.
The movie isn't without its lighter moments though. Most of which are delivered by the former Empire droid, known as K2, throughout most of the movie.
This is not a Star Wars movie which focuses on the force or having "The Chosen One" who will save them all. In fact, this movie serves as a reminder that no movement is without sacrifice. Nor is it without a vast support network to make it all happen.
Die-hard Star Wars fans will enjoy the Easter eggs scattered throughout the movie and the way in which this standalone title, connected to the main Star Wars saga, is seemlessly done.
Whether or not you've seen the Star Wars franchise, you'll thoroughly enjoy Rogue One.