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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Academy Award® Nominee
Set in the Star Wars universe, between the events of Episode III (Revenge of the Sith) and Episode IV (A New Hope), where a group of rebels attempt to steal plans for the empire's new Death Star.

Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Dec 20, 2016
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" bridges the events from Episode 3 to 4.If you seen the fourth episode of the Star Wars series and the first lines in the scroll, you can figure out the plot of the Rogue One. You can call it "Star Wars: the Lost Episode" I love the performance of Felicity Jones as Jayn Erso who found herself in i rebellion against the empire and Darth Vadar. What I love about the series and it's not the special effects and all that, it's the strong women in the movie. Jayn follows such strong women as Ray in Episode 7,Princess Leia and her mother Padme Amidala from Episodes 1-3. these strong women has in mine mind has helped carried the series. The plot in the movie is the empire is building the death star and it's up to the rebels to steal the plans of the death star and use it to destroy it. I admire the blind Jedi knight who can fight without the use of sight. he's probably one of the few who escape the Jedi massacre in Episode 3. The first reel is a little slow, but it picks up and the battle scenes on the planet and in space reminds me of the Episode 6. One scene is the effects of the Darth Star on a planet as seen by those on the ground. The Death Star didn't just blew the planet away, it just a explosion and the effects of the explosion has slowly spread though the planet. They may have improve the Death so it can blow the planet quickly like what happen in Episode 4. There are cameos of those who will make a difference in the Episode 4. Can't tell who they are, you going to have to find out for yourself.
Dec 23, 2016
While there are definitely flaws, Rogue One still delivers the great "Star Wars Feel" that we've come to expect. Beautifully shot and decently acted, the story stitches up a lot of what happens directly before A New Hope. Any casual moviegoer or Star Wars fan will appreciate the film, especially the third act, which is some of the best action Star Wars has ever seen. Deep Star Wars fans will appreciate all of the Easter Eggs hidden with references to the rest of the Star Wars universe. My main complaints lie in the first half of the movie, which is very slow-going and doesn't do a great job developing any characters except the lead. Overall, while I don't think it's as good as The Force Awakens, Rogue One still brings a great expansion to the Star Wars lore.
Dec 23, 2016
If Disney can continue to make movies of the caliber of "The Force Awakens" and "Rogue One", they should make as many as they can.

"The Force Awakens" served as a necessary stepping stone between the original trilogy and the subsequent installments, but it did very little expand our understanding of the Star Wars universe. (In that respect, the prequels did a better job.)

"Rogue One" tells the story of what led up to the events of the original "Star Wars" and does so in an interesting manner with characters that are easy to like. The interactions between the characters are natural, which makes you believe the story the actors and director are telling. I especially liked the relationship between Chirrut Imwe and Wen Jiang. You felt as though these two had a long history of having each others' backs and it makes you invested in their fates.

There are plenty of ties to the original trilogy, with some slapping you in the face with their obviousness and others more subtle. The sarcasm and wit in this movie was enjoyable, although Alan Tudyk's K-2SO imperial droid bordered on Jar Jar territory. Fortunately, that line wasn't crossed, and his role was more than superfluous.

I avoided most information about the movie so that I could see it without a lot of preconceived expectations, and I found myself enjoying it quite a bit. The audience applauded as the credits rolled, and considering this was more than a week after its release, and the crowd didn't seem like light-saber-wielding superfans.

This is a Star Wars movie, so it would have to be disappointing in order to get anything but a See Now! rating from me. Another measure I use for a See Now rating is whether I would be willing to see it again in short order, and I definitely would. Next time will likely be in IMAX 3D, which should make for an interesting comparison.
Dec 26, 2016
A true stand alone Star Wars movie. Hits all the right notes, fun fast and entertaining. No disappointments here.
Jan 12, 2017
Jan 21, 2018
I loved this movie, as well as the explanation it gave on how they got the Death Star plans. I’ve always wondered what happened between 3 and 4. I would suggest this movie to people of all ages, especially families who have seen all the other Star Wars movies.

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