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Review/Impressions: Is Star Wars: Rogue One Worth Watching? (Non-Spoiler)

by Damian Seeto


Star Wars: Rogue One is out this week and it’s the first live action spin-off film of the entire series. Is it a worthy addition to the popular franchise?

Unless you have living under a rock, you may already know the premise of Star Wars: Rogue One. Basically the Rebels need to steal the Death Star plans from the Empire, but it’s going to be easier said than done.

Without giving away too many spoilers way, one of the great things about this movie is that the story is unique. There was a lot of criticism towards The Force Awakens last year for recycling many story elements from the previous movies.

Rogue One on the other hand feels like a fresh experience and it features layers to the story too. You could say it has the best storyline in a Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back.


Another great thing about this movie is that it’s not shy on having lots of action. Gareth Edwards(the director) teased a lot of people for not showing action in his Godzilla movie. Thankfully, he doesn’t hide any action in this film and the climax of the film is very exciting.

The CGI is also great as Scarif is the prettiest looking planet that has ever featured in a Star Wars film before. For the most part, the CGI is excellent too although there’s one scene where it fails miserably but that’s a spoiler…

Not to mention Rogue One does not have any weak actors or performances. Felicity Jones is perfect as the role of Jyn Erso and Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe is also humorous and likeable. Most people will love the droid K2-SO as he’s the comic relief.

It’s not just the main stars as the supporting cast also played their roles really well. You will even see a few cameos so be on the lookout for previous characters.


As entertaining as Rogue One is, it isn’t without a few flaws. I would say the weakest part of the entire film is the first act. The first act is a little too slow as it keeps jumping from one planet to the next. I know they have to introduce numerous characters, but it would have been better if they just focused on Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor instead.

My biggest complaint about this film is something I cannot discuss without talking about major spoilers. You might know what I mean once you go out and watch the movie for yourself. Some people may not think it’s a big deal, but to me it hurt the film quite a bit.

On that note, Star Wars: Rogue One is still worth watching if you are a huge fan of the series. It features the same kind of action that you love and very likeable characters. As aforementioned, the fresh story is something critics of The Force Awakens will really like.

It’s hard to give a rating for this film due to the flaw I have in mind. I would say the film ranges between a 3.5 or 4 out of 5 for me. Personally, I preferred The Force Awakens but others may like Rogue One better.

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