Star Wars: Rogue One Movie Review

Have you ever wondered how Princess Leia got the plans for the Death Star?  It was always a topic of discussion in our Star Wars loving house.


“From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.”


I promise…no spoilers! So it’s safe to keep reading…

Rogue One has the same feel and storytelling as Episodes 4-7, so if you weren’t a huge fan of 1-3 (like me) then you are in for a treat.  Rogue One bridges the gap between the movies and keeps in line with the same details that you find in Episode 4.  You’ll find new characters to fall in love with, but there are a few surprise favorites that show up in the movie too.

CGI (computer-generated imagery) in movies has really come a long way and it was used beautifully in Rogue One.  Trust me…you’ll know it when you see it. Trust me! And I think everyone in the audience gasped a little.  Brilliant use of technology.

This movie has been referred to as a war movie and I tend to agree with that.  There are several battles and one really long battle toward the end of the movie.  The fight scenes are pretty typical for a PG-13 Disney film (think Marvel fight scenes) and there weren’t any adult situations or foul language that I recall.

Since this movie doesn’t directly follow the storyline of the others, there was a lot of backstory that could be boring for younger Star War fans.  Will I let my 7 year old see the movie? Yes, but I know what he can handle and how he’s reacted to other movies with similar levels of violence.  Most importantly, know your child or see the movie first.

Star Wars: Rogue One opens nationwide Friday (12/16).

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Rated PG-13, Run Time 133 minutes, #RogueOne

Disclaimer: I attended a media screening of this movie.