When the last Star Wars film – The Force Awakens – was released I wrote this in my review:
It achieves its basic requirement: putting down firm foundations for the several more Star Wars films and spin offs that will be coming our way over the next few years.
I enjoyed the spectacle but I thought the plot was a re-run of previous films:
Don’t expect miracles from the plot – once things get going you do get a real sense of déja-vu. This is the third time part of this story line has been used in the Star Wars films. You’d think that the bad guys would have a bit more imagination by now.
Rogue One is the first of a number of spin-off movies, including one due next year that currently goes by the name of “the untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie”.
I’d heard this film was good, as in “it’s good for a spin off”, but I really enjoyed it. It looks great, it keeps the action flowing and the music clearly takes its cues from the original scores but builds on them well. It is definitely part of the Star Wars universe.
Most importantly it has a plot. The events of the film provide background to the original Star Wars film and effectively explain that film’s title “A New Hope”. It’s great to get some new revelations.
If all the Star Wars spin-off “stories” are as good as this one then it bodes well for the future.