…us all back into the universe we know and love as Star Wars.
By Caleb Stuart
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story expands the universe of the Star Wars movies we love (Not including the movies that should remain unnamed). A solid cast and a solid story makes the viewer completely forget that the movie was supposed to expand from the Star Wars Universe.
Rogue One is a prequel. Thankfully, this one does not include a gungan named Jar-Jar Binks. It takes place before the originals, but it ends minutes before Star Wars: A New Hope begins. The story is about how the rebels stole the Death Star plans before Luke Skywalker blew it up.
The protagonists in this movie are flawed. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is taken by the rebellion in order to help find her father, Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), who has helped build the Death Star. The rebellion sends Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) to help Jyn find Galen. Captain Andor is secretly tasked with killing Galen, instead of locating him. He struggles between his orders and Jyn.
The antagonists are as great as ever. James Earl Jones returns as Darth Vader. Though Vader is only in the movie for a brief time, he steals the show with the scenes that he is in. Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) directs of the building the Death Star but is forced to give up control to Governor Tarkin (Guy Henry).
Rogue One is the best Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back. A strong movie led by a strong cast earned Rogue One: A Star Wars story a solid 8.0 out of 10 stars among students and an 85% Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Rogue One extends the Star Wars universe while continuing (or beginning) the story that we have held in our hearts, since Luke Skywalker destroyed the Death Star in 1977.