Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Explained.
By Tom Novak
By now you’ve probably seen the ads for the latest Star Wars film hitting theaters this month, and you’re trying to figure out just where and how this plays into the ever expanding Star Wars story. Well worry not, as I’m here to help make sense of all this galactic action (without spoiling the fun).
Now the big question that potential film viewers are asking themselves is: “Where does this story fit into the grand scheme of things?” followed by “Do I have to go back and re-watch the other films to get this?” Well here goes…Rogue One is billed as a “Standalone story” meaning you DON’T have to be an obsessive Star Wars fan like myself to enjoy the film, or understand it. Now for those still going, “But where does it fit in?”: this film takes place between the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. It basically answers the question of how the rebels, in the very first Star Wars film, got their hands on the plans for the gigantic battle station we all call the “Death Star”.
As for those still on the fence about whether or not they should spend their hard earned money on a ticket, hear me out. This will be another film you’ll walk out of saying, “wow that was impressive”. I mean, right from the start you know this film serves a purpose, and isn’t just another feeble attempt by the studios to release something with “Star Wars” in the title and cash in on it.
In this film, fans will not only be given an actual glimpse at how screwed up things have become since the Empire took over (which was continuously referenced in Episode IV: A New Hope and the films which followed), but will also get to see how rough being part of a rebellion actually is. After witnessing numerous trailers, I think it’s safe to say that Director Gareth Edwards wanted to do right by fans of the original trilogy by using real sets, costumes, and very few computer generated characters. Add in a cast featuring Felicity Jones as the film’s lead role, along with Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen as Jones’ father, and an appearance by Darth Vader, theater goers are going to be reminded just why the Star Wars movies remain some of the best science-fiction films.