The Star Wars saga takes a wholly satisfying detour with the first of an anthology series telling the standalone story of the Rebel Alliance spies who stole the plans to the Death Star as mentioned in the iconic opening crawl of A New Hope. Director Gareth Edwards crafts an impressive war movie based around a ragtag group of fighters – a darker tale with appropriately high stakes and fully realized finale. A breath of fresh air after the stale The Force Awakens, Rogue One is carried by a great cast – Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen and Ben Mendelsohn amongst others – and a performance sure to launch Felicity Jones into superstar territory. An unexpectedly excellent addition to the franchise.

ROGUE ONE POSTER

4-stars

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