The Harold & Maudecast review the film, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, Directed by Gareth Edwards, Written by Chris Weitz (screenplay), Tony Gilroy (screenplay), starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker and Mads Mikkelsen.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away a group of rebels stole the plans to the Death Star. Memba the Death Star? Memba Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, and Obi Wan Kenobi and Hans Solo and Chewbaca and R2D2 and C3PO? Yeah well, before Princess Leia said "Help me Obi Wan, you're my only hope", those plans had to be retrieved. Not only that, the Death Star had to be designed, right? Did you ever wonder who stole those plans or who the scientist was behind that marvel of human engineering? Well, you're questions are answered in this prequel to Episode 4, A NEW HOPE.
Galen Erso (Mikkelsen) is said scientist. He is so crucial to the success of the Death Star that Imperial bad guy Orson Krennic (Mendelsohn) chases him across the galaxy until he finds him on a farming planet where Galen his wife and daughter, Jyn, have been hiding. Unable to escape the Empire, Galen is forced to return but not before securing his daughters escape. Years later, now a young woman, having been raised by Galen's buddy in arms, Saw Gerrera (Whitaker), Jyn must choose to follow her destiny or stay on her destructive path of mild juvenile delinquency. Aided by a mish mosh crew made up of rebel assassin Cassian Andor (Luna), a Jedi wannabe/neverwas, Chirrut Îmwe, (Yen) and his cohort, and a new British accent toting cyber being, K-2SO, Jyn takes up her father's crusade to fight the empire -- Plan A: Steal them Death Star plans!
We wish we could say we loved this film, sadly, nope. ROGUE ONE manages to suck all the magic out of the STAR WARS franchise with a dreary, lackluster story driven solely by Disney's exploitation of nostalgia. Even the original score, which had possibly the single greatest source material to draw from, was unremarkable and did nothing to raise the spirit of this pointless and boring film. Sorry STAR WARS fans.