Initial Reaction: This is arguably the best Star Wars movie, at least post 1990.

The Basics:

  • Main Production Company: Disney/George Lucas Film
  • Director: Gareth Edwards
  • Key Actors/Actresses: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk
  • Stand-out performance: the entire ensemble

The Details:

Confession – I watched the three original Star Wars movies for the first time last year. Yes, you read that correctly. Up until that point, I had only seen Attack of the Clones, and I know what you’re thinking – THAT was her first exposure to Star Wars, the franchise that launched a thousand fan conventions? Can I really trust this person’s judgement?

Yes. Yes you should, and here’s why. I come to you free of the veil of nostalgia and offer a point of view that is (mostly) untarnished by horrible prequels, as Attack of the Clones is also the only prequel I have seen.

My verdict: Not only is Rogue One¬†fantastic, but it may be the best modern Star Wars film to date. It holds its own, both as a stand-alone movie and as part of the franchise, featuring a talented ensemble cast and a strong lead and protagonist in Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso. Ultimately, this film stands out because of the charisma between its characters. Unlike previous films, even the beloved mega-hit The Force Awakens (2015), these actors mesh perfectly on screen. The quips between Jyn, Cassian, and K-2SO, as well as their two kick-ass comrades Chirrut and Baze, make a relatively simple plot fun and interesting to watch. Their chemistry also makes the end all the more satisfying, if not a little bitter-sweet.

The Ruling: Buy, watch, repeat.

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