Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Donnie Yen in a Star Wars film?! It'll be wing chun overloaded~ Sorry guys, I got carried away with the fact that Asians were cast in one of the Star Wars films. Another Chinese actor, Jiang Wen was cast as Baze Malbus alongside Yen's Chirrut Imwe.

Let's be honest...I was anticipating this movie because of Yen & nothing else. The plot synopsis, as we were told, vaguely describes a rogue group that stole the blueprints of the Death Star. In short, Rogue One is a spin-off from the original Star Wars film set in between Episode III - Revenge of the Sith & Episode IV - A New Hope.

The film started off rather slowly but managed to pick up speed 45 minutes later. It's definitely not the regular Star Wars film you're used to as most of the main characters are lesser known. Nevertheless, you get so catch a glimpse a few iconic characters that pivotal in linking Episode III to IV.

I was pleasantly surprised how well written this spin-off turned out; admittedly better than last year's The Force Awakens. By not casting Hollywood A-listers (except for Forest Whitaker) for the rogue group surely prevented audiences to stigmatize characters to specific celebrities. The outcome of such move was positive; Rogue One's diverse casts were able to freely express their interpretation of their characters, both fresh & unexpected.

The poignant ending made me tear in the eye; the first time for a Star Wars movie. The fate of the rogue group, in my opinion, was necessary for the film to end on a high note; then leading up to Episode IV. I salute the scriptwriters & studios for being bold enough to push through a noble & dramatic end for the heroes & heroines of Rogue One. Rating: 4.5 out of 5.