Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Alexander FreedA year ago I wrote an absolutely scathing review of the Star Wars the Force Awakens novelisation. I hated the thing; it was poor, and it felt like a tepid plot summary. It captured nothing of the movie. I was determined never to read a Star War novelisation again by the same author.
So I was delighted to see that Alexander Freed was writing this one. Iíve already read Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company and although the book wasnít without its faults, it clearly showed much promise. Freed demonstrated his skill as a Star Wars writer; however, it is here that his true talent comes through. Not only as he captured the surface action of the film but he has also added much depth to it, which is something any decent novelisation should do. It should expand on what we already have rather than just regurgitate it.
Indeed, in the film Jyn Erso is stoic. She is what the world, what her experience, has made her. I found Felicity Jonesí performance somewhat flat- not bad acting- but without life. Jyn is a person who has almost given up. She is without all hope till the very end of the film. The point is Freed did wonders of getting into her head, and explaining why she is like this: it is her way of surviving in a world of brutal opportunists. Her persona and interactions with the world make much more sense in this regard; we see more of who she actually is.
The speed of the film is also captured here, the intensity of the action. Rogue Oneís mission felt desperately important in the Star Wars timeline; it felt like the fate of the rebellion was on the shoulders of these few radicals, as it so desperately need to be. Not only that but the Krennic scenes were handled deftly. He really is an egotist. Against men like Tarkin and Vader, he was just a poser. Despite serving the Empire he was never truly loyal to it. The death star was his own vanity project; he wanted it for himself, which is why he could never have been the man to take charge of it. Tarkin existed for the Empire; there was no man beyond the uniform, a level of conformity Krennic never achieved.
He trembled in the presence of Vader, again, something Tarkin would never do. He was a lesser officer, and a lesser man. But in terms of suitable villain for this story, heís perfect. They couldnít overly emphasise on Vader, so heís a good stop gap. I donít want to give a huge spoiler away, though Iím sure if youíre reading my review youíve likely seen the film, but that ending! Itís the sort of ending that so many stories need but never actually get. It was brave. It was brutal. It was honest. And I loved it. Freed captured the heart of it here.
Rogue one, both film and movie, were excellent. They were so much better than I imagined them to be. However, the main story arc is where it is at. I canít wait for episode eight!
Is Rogue One a Good Star Wars Story?
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
It is the first installment of the Star Wars anthology series. Based on an idea first pitched by Knoll, ten years before it entered development, the film was made to be different in tone and style from the traditional Star Wars films, omitting the customary opening crawl and transitional screen wipes. Principal photography on the film began at Elstree Studios near London in early August and wrapped in February The film then went through extensive reshoots directed by Gilroy in mid It received positive reviews from critics, with praise for its acting, action sequences, direction, musical score, visual effects, and darker tone, but received some criticism for its underdeveloped characters and digital recreation of actors from the original trilogy.
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Here's a quick rundown of what "Rogue One" is and how it fits into the "Star Wars" universe, both past and present. Spoiler: We know they eventually end up in Leia's hands, but this is our in-depth look at how it happened. Story wise, "Rogue One" connects directly with the original film. You won't need to watch the original film or even the latest movie, "The Force Awakens," in order to follow along with this film. A new film will be released every other year, in between films in the new "Star Wars" trilogy. However, the anthology movies will all loosely relate to each other, with less overlap. The lead character, played by Felicity Jones, is named Jyn Erso.
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