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Rogue One - A Star Wars Story - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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Rogue One - A Star Wars Story - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

After grossing well over two billion dollars at the box office with The Force Awakens in 2015 it was never likely that Disney would want us to go without Star Wars for too long and we’ve only had to wait another 12 months for a new fix.

In Rogue One - A Star Wars Story we find ourselves between the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope and follows a band of rebel fighters who come together to steal plans for the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor's rule.

Starring are The Theory Of Everything's Felicity Jones, The Last King Of Scotland's Forest Whitaker, Milk's Diego Luna, Casino Royale star Mads Mikkelsen, Dragon's Donnie Yen, The Sun Also Rises' Jiang Wen, Firefly's Alan Tudyk and Exodus: Gods And Kings' Ben Mendelsohn while direction comes from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards.

It hits DVD shelves on Monday (April 10th) and you can pre-order it now on the right-hand side of the page, but we caught an early screening and have put together five reasons you’ll love it...


Felicity Jones leads the way, but it’s a real team effort…

The way Jones’ Jyn Eyso and her strange band of rebels come together is wonderfully organic, there’s no montage of her flying through the galaxy to dusty desert retreats and sleazy space taverns to round up these guys, it all comes together quite accidentally. They’re an unlikely team of heroes, but ones you end up rooting for very quickly.


The battle scene is incredible…

The movie builds and builds toward an epic battle between the rebels and the empire on the beach of a desolate planet and it’s well worth the wait. Director Gareth Edwards mines Apocalypse, Now, Platoon, Saving Private Ryan and just about every iconic war movie you can think of for inspiration and it’s glorious to take in...


Ben Mendelsohn steals the show though…

The Australian actor has just bagged the role of the Sheriff of Nottingham in the new Robin Hood reboot and on the strength of this performance, it’s easy to see why. Here he plays Director Krennic, the man in charge of building a weapon to destroy entire planets, a man with a curl in his lip and a darkness never far from the surface. He’s a brilliant antagonist.


It’s very self-contained…

Filmmakers and Star Wars top brass have stressed that Rogue One sits in between two stories we’ve already been told and is very much its own self-contained movie, which gives it a freedom that most franchises don’t have. There’s no heavy lifting for movies down the line, just a few knowing nods to past glories and a neatness that comes from the knowledge that when the credits roll this story is over.


But there are plenty of nice touches for the series’ diehard fans…

If you arrive at this movie without knowing any of the backstory you’ll still have a wonderful time, but if you’ve devoured everything in the Star Wars universe then there’s lots of easter eggs to find in this movie.


Rogue One - A Star Wars Story is available to pre-order from now. It will be released on Monday (April 10th). 

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