A missing piece of the Star Wars’ puzzle fills in the gaps. I’m giving it an A.
Fans of the Star Wars’ series have a lot to cheer about in this latest tale in the tale of rebellion and power. Taking place between movies 3 and 4 (or before we meet Luke and Leia), we learn about a brave young girl and her part in the plans to destroy the Death Star.
Jyn Erso grows up without her parents after the Galactic Empire kills her mother and returns her father to their control. Now she must team up with the Alliance to steal the plans for the Death Star, a weapon with a secret vulnerability built into by her father. Jyn doesn’t want to be a part of the resistance but it quickly becomes a matter of importance when her father is targeted by both the Alliance and the Empire. With the help of a blind Jedi temple priest and his warrior friend, as well as the rebel spy, Jyn sets out to steal the plans from the Empire and prove her father’s dying words.
This movie sets into play many of the figures from A New Hope (the original Star Wars movie we saw in 1977) and even gives us a few scenes of them but they aren’t the focus of this movie but merely a nod to the larger timeline. However, it is the understanding of sacrifice and doing what is right, so you can live with yourself which pushes forward the story.
The droid K-S20 cracks the best lines in the movie with a sarcastic wit and dry humor as he at times sounds like a petulant child being sent to the ship or fussing over why Jyn gets a blaster but not him. And while, Jyn and Cassian are the main players in this round, we see a larger picture of the world and how each one of the rag-tag group has a vested interests in seeing the Empire destroyed.
While fans of the franchise will enjoy this movie, it won’t appeal to everyone. War isn’t pretty. It’s dark and gritty. The cinematography shows that with scenes which will have you squinting to try to capture a glimpse of Vader without all his black armor and at the end, Hope is the only thing left alive.
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