George Lucas is one of the modern times’ best mainstream filmmakers and it’s all thanks to the Star Wars franchise. But he may be an ace at building worlds yet his storytelling often fails his more discriminating audience. And then along comes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first standalone story in the franchise.
This time, Lucas and his collaborators have done a persuasive job of making the characters live in an actual world with a strong sense of history, traditions, and norms! No wonder audiences have lapped it up as among the best in the franchise, especially in giving a deeper dimension to the rebels and their enemies.
To Go On or to Quit
Among Star Wars fans, the ultimate dream may well be to become one with The Force. But apparently for the people in it, The Force can be a burden to carry, especially when you’re too broken in spirit and too tired in body to fight. The film then explores the nuances in holding on and quitting the cause.
As one character memorably says, everybody has done terrible things in the name of rebellion. The line between good and evil can then become blurred because The Force can be such a burden.
Will the characters quit or will they find another reason to go on? You have to see the latest Star Wars release in a Cinemark theater to find out. But here’s a few spoilers that will whet your appetite for it.
Ensemble of Characters
The film boasts of an ensemble of established and up-and-coming actors playing a colorful cast of characters. Fortunately, the actors deliver solid performances that save many of the film’s flaws, even loopholes in its storytelling.
Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is the lone child of Galen (Mads Mikkelsen), the Imperial scientist who invented the Death Star. But she becomes a rebel and joined a band of misfits that includes Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), a cold-blooded assassin; Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen), a blind yet lethal warrior and priest; Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen), Chirrut’s stoic and loyal best friend as well as legendary marksman; Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), a defector from Imperial Army; and Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker), a cyborg.
But if you’re looking for a scene-stealer, then K-2So (with the voice of Alan Tudyk) is the one to look for. He’s as strong as can yet his tactlessness manifests itself at the most inappropriate times. You will love him, if only because he adds lightness to the gravitas of the film.