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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story review


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – the latest container strapped to the back of the Lucasfilm juggernaut – has hit cinemas and is unsurprisingly delivering impressive returns at the box office.  Chief Features Writer Ian Cater went to see the movie for What’s On London and, after giving fans a chance to see it for themselves, sets out his views below.  Warning: this review contains spoilers.

As a lifelong lover of Star Wars, it’s hard to pinpoint precisely what makes the franchise so fantastic.  I used to think it was the crude but effective polarisation of good versus evil, diluted by a ‘real-world’ recognition that both have their day.  Or the way George Lucas allowed characters to develop over time, keeping the camera on a handful of heroes and villains in a crowded universe.  Or maybe the blend of humour and darkness, which became so horribly skewed towards the former (missing its target) in Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

But I was wrong.  Because Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has none of these qualities, yet still represents a welcome addition to the Star Wars oeuvre.

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Category: Cinema