Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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A rebellion built on hope.
Genre: Science Fiction
Space Opera
Directed By: Gareth Edwards
Produced By: Kathleen Kennedy
Allison Shearmur
Simon Emanuel
Written By: Tony Gilroy
Chris Weitz
Based On: Star Wars by George Lucas
Starring: Felicity Jones
Diego Luna
Ben Mendelsohn
Donnie Yen
Mads Mikkelsen
Alan Tudyk
Riz Ahmed
Jiang Wen
Forest Whitaker
Cinematography: Greig Fraser
Distributed By: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release Date: December 10, 2016 (Pantages Theatre)
December 16, 2016 (United States)
Runtime: 133 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $200-265 million
Box Office: $1.056 billion
Franchise: Star Wars
Prequel: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (chronologically)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (in the series)
Sequel: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (chronologically)
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (in the series)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (also known as Star Wars: Rogue One) is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. It was based on George Lucas' Star Wars franchise, and is the first film in the Stories spin-off series. The film premiered in Los Angeles on December 10, 2016, and was released in the United States on December 16, 2016.


Shortly before the events of A New Hope, former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter, Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen becomes the Empire's lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station's plans for the Rebel Alliance.

Why It Rocks

  1. Great acting, especially from Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, with several actors from both the Prequel and Original Trilogies reprising their roles.
  2. The movie's tone is darker than most other installments in the series, as it's basically a war movie set in the Star Wars universe.
  3. Clever use of unused footage from A New Hope for Red Leader and Gold Leader, even getting the latter's actor, Angus MacInnes, to dub over new lines for the character.
  4. Nice visual effects.
  5. K-2SO is a very cool and funny character.
  6. Good humor here and there, especially Vader's iconic line "Be careful not to choke on your aspirations".
  7. Excellent music score from Michael Giacchino.
  8. The action's just as exciting as the main saga.
  9. Manages to segue seamlessly into A New Hope.
  10. Darth Vader. Not only is he awesome as always, but his scene towards the end (where he single-handedly slaughters an entire platoon of Rebel soldiers) will send chills down your spine.

Bad Qualities

  1. The CGI for both Tarkin and Leia falls deep into the uncanny valley.
  2. Underdeveloped characters.
  3. Some good scenes were cut from the original release due to reshoots by Tony Gilroy (which were done due to Disney being dissatisfied with Edwards' "gritty war-story" version).
  4. The unnecessary faster pacing can make the movie hard to follow sometimes.
  5. A few small continuity errors here and there, most noticeably Mon Mothma already being depicted as leader of the Rebel Alliance despite everything else in the franchise suggesting it was Bail Organa who held that position before he died in the destruction of Alderaan.


Rouge One: A Star Wars Story received positive reviews from critics and fans alike, with praise for its acting, story, visuals, musical score and dark tone, but criticism for its pacing, underdeveloped characters and digital recreations of Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher. It has an 84% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with the website's critical consensus reads, "Rogue One draws deep on Star Wars mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground and suggesting a bright blockbuster future for the franchise.", while Metacritic scores a film a 65/100 "generally favorable reviews" and a 7.8/10 on IMDb.


  • This is the first live-action Star Wars movie to not have the Wilhelm Scream.
  • This is the third time that Michael Giacchino composed the score of sci-fi space opera film; the first was the Star Trek reboot series and the second was Jupiter Ascending.
  • George Lucas liked this film more than The Force Awakens.

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12 months ago
Score -4
I’m not really impressed with the Vader scene in the end of the movie. All he did is killed a few Rebel soldiers and didn’t even take back the plans. He could do way better than that.


12 months ago
Score 5
That's was shortly before the events of A New Hope happened.


12 months ago
Score 0
Says for General Grevious during his introduction who took on 5 Jedi Single handily in the 2003 Clone Wars Mini-Series and succeeded capturing Palpatine.


12 months ago
Score 0
Despite being non-canon that is.


10 months ago
Score 3
It takes place before A New Hope, so how can he get the plans without ruining continuity (which was what the sequels were admittedly great at)?

Hiatt Grey

11 months ago
Score 4
The only good Disney Star Wars movie.


8 months ago
Score 1


4 months ago
Score 1
Agreed, at least it wasn't by J.J. Adams, the worst Star Wars director in cinema history.


8 months ago
Score 0
Rogue One is the only Star Wars movie that I saw in theatres back in very late-December 2016.


5 months ago
Score 2

Rogue One certainly puts the War in Star Wars.

This probably has the best direction in any of these films.


4 months ago
Score 1
Star Wars: Rogue One - Pre-A New Hope.

Xian Pu

3 months ago
Score 1
Remember when people accused this movie of pushing SJW propaganda because the trailer focused too much on Jyn Erso and Mon Mothma? Seems kinda quaint in retrospect.


one month ago
Score 0
I like this film

Master Chief

one month ago
Score 0
My favorite Disney era Star Wars movie.


29 days ago
Score 0
I love how this film is before A New Hope


8 days ago
Score 0
I saw this in theaters and it was EPIC. It's my favorite Star Wars movie.

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