I found myself watching Rogue One, even though I’ve told myself repeatedly that I didn’t need to buy a ticket for yet another Star Wars movie. An editor for a prominent Website forgot he was invited to a press screening, thus I ended up with the excuse that I was watching this film for journalism’s sake. By the time I walked out, I was forced to admit I loved Rogue One more than any Star Wars movie I’ve watched since 1980.
That’s not to say that Rogue One doesn’t have problems. Our main characters feel like they could have been a generic band of rebels if it weren’t for the actors carrying the story along, but that was true of the original trilogy as well. Despite a lack of character development, this is a promising start to Disney‘s anthology Star Wars movies. These will explore additional stories outside of the main plot. Rogue One focused on how the Rebel Alliance stole the plans for the original Death Star. This helps the plot to tie into that of the original blockbuster.
Each of the main Star Wars movies features a plot that focuses on grand heroes on a massive adventure that pits the forces of one major faction against another. It’s extremely satisfying to finally watch a Star Wars movie that focuses on the triumphs of people who otherwise would have been footnotes to fictional history.