Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

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Hey, whats up guys. Back again with another movie review. This time I’m talking about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I went to go watch the movie with some friends at the AMC theaters. They just remodeled the place and it actually looks pretty cool now. Also, they have recliner chairs and food trays, it might be my go to movie theater from now on.

Well in a nutshell, Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.The major question on everyone minds, can this movie win the fight in being a stand-alone Star Wars film? Or does it need Luke Skywalker?


Image Credit: IMDB

Movie production

Release Date:

16 December 2016 (USA)



Country of Origin



$200,000,000 (estimated)

Motion picture rating:

Rated PG-13

Star Wars History

Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise, centered on a film series created by George Lucas. It depicts the adventures of various characters “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”. The franchise began in 1977 with the release of the film Star Wars (subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981), which became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon.

It was followed by the similarly successful sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983); these three films constitute the original Star Wars trilogy (Episodes IV–VI). A prequel trilogy (Episodes I–III) was later released between 1999 and 2005, which received a more mixed reaction from critics and fans in comparison to the original trilogy. More recently, a sequel trilogy (Episodes VII–IX) began with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

All seven films were nominated for or won Academy Awards, and were commercial successes, with a combined box office revenue of $6.46 billion, making Star Wars the fourth highest-grossing film series. Additional theatrical films outside of the main saga include the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) and an upcoming series of anthology films, which will begin with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).

Star Wars Rogue One team

Image Credit: IMDB


All right let’s talk Rogue one, for reals, no bullsh*t. It’s pretty much the prequel of “A New Hope”, and the continuation of “Revenge of the Sith”. So it’s a Star Wars movie mostly geared towards adults (being pg-13 and all…….sigh). The guys over at Disney have said that this movie was an experiment or a guinea pig into more titles. Mainly to find out if the star wars movies can live without the skywalker saga.

Their overall goal was intended to please all target audience (Go figure Disney…. serious….. you can’t please everyone …….bitches), and more or less keep the audience engaged, even when the film hits it’s ‘boring/clique parts.


I think the movie was great as a stand alone film. I think this movie did deliver on some great stuff for hardcore fans. We meet some good funny characters, and we get that feeling of loss during the final battle scene. Also, another thing that I liked about this film was that it wasn’t beating you in the face with references to the original trilogy (like Star Wars 7….. STFU, you know what I’m talking about).

I can agree that these films do need a bit of humor, and I won’t lie, K-2SO (the imperial robot) made me laugh or want to laugh every time I saw him on screen. He was a comic relief type character, but he wasn’t extreme like Jar Jar Binks (ok, let’s not relive those memories). Moving on to special effects. I will give it to them for the digital effects in this film. I mean, they literally brought a man back to life.

I’m talking about Peter Cushing. After doing some research on the film, I found out that this man has been dead since 1994. You can barely tell in the film that it’s not him. They also did this with Carrie Fisher at the end of the film, making her like 20 years younger. I mean, that’s some pretty intense CG work. On the same subject, if this man is dead, are talent agents making money off this guy, I mean it seems like actors are signing their lives away, even after they die….. (crazy sh*t to think about).


In the intro of the film, I didn’t like it too much. Especially when Jyn’s mother coming running out, and died for nothing. I was like ok…. that was dumb, and made no sense. Also, Forest Whitaker is in the movie. Not sure if you know that, but it’s a weird acting choice on their part. He also voiced his character really high pitched and weird. I’m pretty sure that guy is done acting (or at least I hope he is). For me, the movie was over half way through. I’m talking about when (Spoiler Alert!) her Father died. I knew what had to be done at that point, and I knew it was going to transition into episode IV at that point as well. Although the story was over, I was still actively engaged to the movie.

The film score was really lame to me. Being a fan of Star Wars movie music, this one had nothing memorable about it….. nothing. Maybe it pops the question, can the film survive without music conductor “John Williams“… My guess, no. This movie does kinda crawl in the beginning. Seemed kinda jumbled in information. I honestly can’t remember any of the planets they were showing towards the beginning of the film. It felt rushed and unsteady, and ultimately gave me a weak connection to the main character.

Having said that, skipping to the end of the film, I don’t like how the film actually ended. I mean it ends with princess Leia holding the disc and saying they have hope now. I feel that the whole ending scene with Darth Vader just shadows the characters too much. It’s leaves on too much of a happy note. It feels like the deaths and sacrifices were pointless to the end. It’s like they want you to forget about them, and focus on the transition to “A New Hope” (Star Wars IV).

Last words

OK guys, seriously, go watch the film and support the company (even if it’s Disney). You can find this movie playing almost anywhere near you at the time of this review. If the movie is already out of the movie theater, or if you’re like me and watch everything on your phone/tablet, be sure to check out the Google play movies. They have an awesome collection of movies and deals on a regular basis.

Don’t be a pirate and steal movies for no reason. Just support and watch art like a dignified person. Also if you live under a rock and haven’t seen the trailer yet, be sure to check out the movie trailer here. Like or hate the review I did? Have a question, comment, or concern? Let me know in the comment below. Don’t forget to also check out other movie reviews on The EXP Grind.

The Good

  • Movie deliver great stuff to hardcore fans
  • The movie didn't beat you in the face with references to the original trilogy
  • Really intense CG and special effects work

The Bad

  • Movie felt like it was over halfway through
  • The film score was really lame, no John Williams
  • Forest Whitaker is in the movie

Written by: Christian Galvez

Christian is the founder of The EXP Grind. He is interested in Indie musicians, Video Games, Anime, and just about anything in Arts and Entertainment. He tries to find art with true meaning in the new and upcoming artists and hopes to reach more creative professionals.

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  1. Roberto Bahena December 16, 2016 | Reply

    *Darth Vader breathing sound effect* Spoiler Alert! *Darth Vader breathing sound effect*

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