Available today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the much anticipated spin-off from one of the biggest movie franchises around the world – Stars Wars: Rouge One.
Let me back track a bit.
I remember seeing the original Star Wars film (A New Hope) in theaters when I was a young girl. Yes… I’m that old. LOL!
I was HOOKED the moment I saw the opening credits, let alone the entire film. From that moment on a die hard Star Wars fan was born.
I was in love with all of the films including The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Fast forward to when the prequels came about. I’ll admit that I didn’t want to see the new films. To me they were no really Star Wars films, even if they features characters and story lines from the original films.
I missed the first film in theaters (The Phantom Menace). But my husband and I did watch it when it came out on DVD (we picked up a copy). It wasn’t that bad.
When the next film came out (Attack of the Clones) we went and saw it in the theater. When we saw that film we became fans of the prequel movies as well as the originals (Revenge of the Sith is our favorite of the prequels).
We have seen the most recent film (The Force Awakens) because we are curious to see what has happened to our beloved characters after all these years. We cannot wait for the next film in the franchise, The Last Jedi, which is due in theaters in December of this year.
This brings me to Star Wars: Rouge One.
I will admit that I had no interest seeing this film in the theater. I didn’t see it as a true Star Wars film, even though it features the same kind of story line and similar characters. There was just something about it that didn’t sit well with me.
As time went on friends and family members would rave to me about how awesome the film was. But the time curiosity got the best of me the film was no longer showing in any of our local movie theaters. I had no choice but to wait until it was available on Blu-ray or DVD.
Today is that day. The film is now available in those mediums, as well as digital download.
Normally when I do movie reviews I write a synopsis based on what I saw on the movie screen. This film was a bit confusing. I honestly have to watch it again because I can’t remember the names (or spellings) of some of the key characters. Plus there was a lot of action going on that I lost track of some of the story line.
Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen is now the Empire’s lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, a vengeful Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station’s plans for the Rebel Alliance.
I was surprised to see familiar characters including Princess Leia, Tarken, Organa, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the big guy himself, Darth Vadar.
Actress Felicity Jones stars as Jyn.
I liked the film. I thought it had a lot of great action and cool special effects, but I still haven’t gotten into it yet. I know it’s a Star Wars film, and it has familiar characters, but I don’t love it like I do the other films in the franchise… not yet anyway. I think I need to watch the film again to really get into it. I think I’m a bit “jaded” because I love the other Star Wars films so much.
There are a lot – and I do mean A LOT – of bonus features. To be honest I found them to be even more entertaining than the film. I LOVE all the behind the scenes features. I think is so fascinating how they make all the magic happen on the screen.
A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes– – back to the screen.
Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.
If you have the opportunity to check out the bonus features I highly recommend it. The “Easter Egg” bonus feature is especially interesting and is a great way to see how this film IS connected to the Star Wars franchise.
Speaking of bonuses, I have a fun bonus you can download and enjoy with your family.
Did you see the film? What did you think about it? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.