by Cory Naught
In the pantheon of Star Wars films; Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back sits comfortably atop the throne. No film in the series has the gravitas of it. The quality is so far ahead of the others that is until now. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has this draw to it. I knew the outlook was most likely grim but as watched I didn’t care. The story flows from beginning to end like a fine piece of classical music. The action is visceral but clean. Nothing is too jarring. I felt the weight of what was going on and as the movies progressed, I started to understand the star of this film isn’t a person, it is the mission.
Don’t get me wrong, there are standout performances in this film. Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso) brought a strength to Star Wars that I hadn’t seen in any other film in the franchise. This is a woman who knows who she is and what she wants. Her skills are already in place. She simply needed a goal achieve.
Does Rogue One have weaknesses. Yes it does. CGI for certain characters could have been better. You will see what I’m talking about and agree, I promise. Other than that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a 5 out of 5 for this pundit. What do you think? Will Rogue One be a hit with audiences? Sound off with your opinion in the comments below.