The Student News Site of Neshaminy High School

The Playwickian

Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

‘Rogue One’ Review: Visually a blast with a so-so plot

Photo via Google under Creative Commons license

Photo via Google under Creative Commons license

Advertisement

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Director Gareth Edwards takes on the first spinoff to the Star Wars franchise, one in which normal people are forced to come together to fight the Empire as opposed to relying on the Jedi or the Force. The film is centered on research scientist Galen Erso’s daughter, Jyn, and a group of heroes, the Rebel Alliance, on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star from the Galactic Empire. Prior to the main plot, Galen Erso was forcibly captured to complete the design for the Death Star, a space station that has the ability to destroy entire planets.

“Rouge One” is close to the originals in action and suspense. Since it is a prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy, the film fits in perfectly with the timeline. Using a mixture of both CGI and practical effects, the film displays a fluency of realistic visuals. These are key elements that Star Wars fans would expect; the original trilogy employed mostly practical effects.

Although the visuals were realistic and effective, the film lacks a plot build-up and some character development. The plot may seem interesting and exciting prior to watching the film, but the first act started off slow. However, while the pacing eventually did pick up throughout the movie, the character development did not. For instance, Saw Gerrera’s (Forrest Whitaker) role in the film was so irrelevant that it was difficult to pay attention. Despite the disappointing character development in most of the characters, the female protagonist, Jyn Erso, (Felicity Jones) was the only character that had significant growth. By the third act of the film, viewers will eventually care for these characters, although their development was not up to par.

Even though “Rouge One’s” plot and characters may not be well developed, the visual effects and action shots hold this film up. Overall, Rogue One is a satisfying to the Star Wars franchise.

Rogue One Stormtroopers are ready for battle.

Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • ‘Rogue One’ Review: Visually a blast with a so-so plot

    Op-Ed

    Republican health care proposition endangers insurance

  • ‘Rogue One’ Review: Visually a blast with a so-so plot

    Op-Ed

    Legislation protecting free speech extremely necessary

  • ‘Rogue One’ Review: Visually a blast with a so-so plot

    Campus Life

    Bippity boppity boo: Fairy godmother visits NHS

  • ‘Rogue One’ Review: Visually a blast with a so-so plot

    Campus Life

    Neshaminy alive with the sound of music

  • ‘Rogue One’ Review: Visually a blast with a so-so plot

    Showcase

    Neshaminy graduate first female to win sports journalism award

  • ‘Rogue One’ Review: Visually a blast with a so-so plot

    News

    Trump inauguration makes history

  • ‘Rogue One’ Review: Visually a blast with a so-so plot

    Campus Life

    Students ring in New Year with resolutions

  • ‘Rogue One’ Review: Visually a blast with a so-so plot

    News

    Central Bucks South hosts social justice summit

  • ‘Rogue One’ Review: Visually a blast with a so-so plot

    Op-Ed

    Free speech under attack

  • ‘Rogue One’ Review: Visually a blast with a so-so plot

    Campus Life

    First annual Ugly Sweater Dash helps local families

The Student News Site of Neshaminy High School
‘Rogue One’ Review: Visually a blast with a so-so plot