Matt’s Movie Corner: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Matt Schnettler, Journalist

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time. The world has been looking forward to this for a long time. Rogue One is the first standalone Star Wars movie. It doesn’t star any characters from previous movies, and it was created by a bunch of people with no previous affiliation the the franchise. How could it possibly succeed?

Just like the rag-tag band of rebels on their way to steal the death star plans, director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and his team and pull it off. We know they succeed, because Rogue One is a direct prequel to Star Wars: Episode IV, which is actually the first Star Wars movie. That’s really confusing if you aren’t familiar with the franchise, but one of the beauties of Rogue One is you don’t have to be familiar with the franchise to like this movie.

Great care is taken in the exposition to make sure newcomers to the franchise aren’t lost, an outsider to this movie wouldn’t miss a thing. We are introduced to Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), an outsider, who’s spent her life hiding from the oppressive empire and is recruited by the rebellion to help steal the plans to massive superweapon (the death star). She’s recruited by an alliance of rebels bent on stopping this and goes off on a mission to find the death star plans.

One of my favorite parts of Rogue One is how it succeeds where other prequels or stand-alones have failed. To make example of the Marvel franchise, every one of those films is jam packed with guess what happens next time moments or taking time out of the story to introduce characters and plots for future installments moments. One of Rogue One‘s greatest strengths is that the story ends; there’s a satisfying conclusion and no teasing.

To me, Rogue One holds very few negatives. As a fan, I wished for more, but to the general viewing audience, I think this movie ended up very well. With the right attitude, just about anyone could enjoy this movie and all its intricacies.

Grade: A+