Rogue One Analysis

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It’s been almost a year exactly since The Force Awakens rekindled my dormant love for the Star Wars franchise. In that time, my fanboyness for this universe has reclaimed a spot with superheroes and The Lord of the Rings as some of my favorite things on the world. Despite that love, I was among the people who were skeptical of Rogue One, the first film set outside the saga proper. Simply put, I thought it would be pretty good. I was wrong. It is amazing.
Set in the time leading up to the events of the original Star Wars film, this standalone movie tells the story of the heroic band of Rebels who stole the plans for the original Death Star. Specifically, the movie focuses on Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), the daughter of Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), the scientist behind the legendary space station. Accompanying Erso throughout the film are Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), a rebel intelligence officer, and K-2SO
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The script, written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy and based off a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta tells this story in an intriguing and concise way. We know how this film is going to end, but its still compelling in the extreme.
Moreover, Weitz and Gilroy do a decent job of exploring some weighty themes in this film. This Star Wars movie is essentially a war film, and the writers delve into topics germane to war. They investigate themes like hope, sacrifice, family and the struggle against a seemingly unstoppable evil in interesting and engaging ways. They all hit home.
A final praise for the writing, this film rivals The Force Awakens for the title of the funniest Star Wars movie to date. K-2SO gets the best comedic moments, but the one-liners and humor come at the perfect times here. They add levity to what is otherwise some heavy proceedings. (Plus, kudos to Weitz and Gilroy for giving a certain character who is normally beyond serious a hilarious

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