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This is Rogue One.

– Bodhi Rook

Title: Rogue One (aka. Jyn Erso and the Rogues *squeals*)

Release: December 2016

It’s fair to say, the Star Wars legacy is thriving. Rogue One, the highly anticipated prequel (and sequel I guess), takes place right before A New Hope.

This is the tale of the rebel spies who succeeded in capturing the plans to the formidable Death Star allowing the events of the Original Trilogy to unfold (and making the Episode IV rolling credits that little bit more magical).

Lead by Jyn Erso, the ‘reckless, aggressive and undiciplined’ daughter of Galen Erso, a scientist for the Galactic Empire, the Rogue One team

WARNING: May contain spoilers.

The bad-ass team of fighters comprised of; the by the book rebel officer, Captain Cassian Andor,  the blind, spiritual warrior Monk, Chirrut Imwe, his friend, Baze Malbus, a heavy-cannon assassin and Bodhi Rook, a defected imperial pilot seeking redemption.

Can we talk about Felicity? Star Wars has always written great characters; Han Solo, Emperor Palpatine, Poe Dammeron but it seems it’s time for the women to shine. Pioneered by the incomparable Carrie Fisher; the women of Star Wars are becoming a force to be reckoned with. First Rey, now Jyn. There’s a revolution going on. Felicity Jones plays the role to almost perfection. The flawed heroine makes the story both entertaining and engaging. More Jyn Erso please.

The stand out, of course, has to be everyone’s new favourite droid (I may have said that in a review of The Force Awakens), K-2SO. Voiced by Alan Tudyk, K2, a reprogrammed imperial droid, brings both laughs and tears in his hysterically turbulent interactions with Jyn as well as his unmistakable calculations of the odds (which Andor just doesn’t need to hear right now). I believe that there is a 99.9% chance that I’ll be buying myself a K2 figurine.

We have hope. Rebellions are built on hope.

– Jyn Erso

The reappearance of some familiar faces gives life long fans a blissful sense of nostalgia; digital likenesses of Carrie Fisher and Peter Cushing as Leia Organa and Grand Moff Tarkin respectively. Not to mention; James Earl Jones returning to voice one of the greatest movie villains of all time; Darth Vader.

In addition to some of the most satisfying final moments in film history, Rogue One has some incredible characters, incredible visual effects and a plot brimming with such potential, that the theories will keep you up at night. With a satisfying sense of both finality and continuity, Rogue One is a fantastic addition to the Star Wars universe and moreover, a fantastic film.

Verdict: Brilliantly written. Brilliantly acted. Brilliantly Star Wars. Also, did Vader just make a joke? A joke that was funny? Star Wars continues to surprise me.

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