Movies

A Movie Review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Kathleen Kennedy (Producer) Chris Weitz (Director)

Type: Action, Science Fiction, War

Basic Plot: Jyn is a young woman that is brought in by the Rebel Alliance to help plan the destruction of the Death Star.

Quality

Plot: 3½/5 Above Average: This movie was better than the average movie made nowadays because it was not all action, but had a clear plot. To some Star Wars fans, they may not enjoy it as much, as it may feel like unnecessary plot material added to the story line of Star Wars, but other Star Wars fans and those who don’t know Star Wars as well may like it more because the story by itself is interesting. A person who knew very little to nothing about Star Wars may not enjoy it as much, as there are many characters that show up in this movie as well as A New Hope. It was predictable in almost all areas, and even the surprises could have easily been foreseen, but the movie was still good for other reasons.

Acting: 4/5 Well Done: The acting was realistic. People died realistically whether it was a meaningful dramatic death or one of the dozens of stormtroopers toppling over. The characters tones and voices were good as well.

Costumes and Scenery: 5/5 Excellent Quality: Costumes and character designs were all out. New characters looked realistic and had believable costumes. Even characters that show up in the old movies, such as Princess Leia, had the faces of the original actors put on to other actors faces by computer to make sure the characters looked exactly the same.

The scenes were mostly realistic, and it was less animated looking than a lot of other movies that are made these days. Some scenes were complete cities built by hand, which were definitely well done.

Music: 4/5 Well Done: The music was good. Some of it was traditional Star Wars music, but there were new songs with a variety of instruments and styles. The only music that may seem badly placed by some was the victory music as people on the enemy teams died, but other than that it was appropriately placed.

Moral: 2/5 An Unclear Moral: The movie was more of an action and event movie than a movie meant to install any main moral. Some of the people who made it said they wanted to express unity in the movie, as every major race is present. Unity can be good if the people are in agreement over a good thing, but if the unity is of a group of people that are vastly different not in race but in culture and doctrine, there is the potential of major problems. Races and genders are united in Jesus Christ, but certain things can never be united. Other than this, the movie did not really have a main moral. It was also said that a minor moral intended was the belief that God can be seen in all people, but this is not pushed very much. I do believe this is very inaccurate, as God is only in the saved, and even then those people are not God. The only thing that may be close to this is that, one, the saved have the Holy Spirit of God inside of them, and two, godly character traits can reflect the greatness of God. Nothing in the Bible says that a little bit of God is in all people, though.

Overall: I recommend this movie mainly to men and boys ten and older concerning quality.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: ½/5 Slightly Suggestive: A hologram briefly shows a dancing girl in a slightly revealing outfit. It briefly shows a man and woman hold hands and hug. Through a lot of steam a person may be able to tell that a man is shirtless. When a woman kicks a man, it looks as if the man was kicked in the groin.

Violence: 4/5 Very Violent: Though this movie is not gory, it is violent. There are plenty of explosions, shooting with guns and bows and arrows, kick each other, and hitting people with objects. A man smacks another man in the face. A man forces chokes another man, though not to the point of death. People mention having once had occupations that had to do with death and violence such as “assassins.”

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 3½/5 Frightening, Emotional, and Very Intense Content: There is a lot of fighting and violence. Guns are aimed at people, though not always shot. A woman says she hopes her father has died, though it is not said out of malice. One of the scenes may remind some people of Middle Eastern warfare, as many of the people fighting are wearing clothing that is similar to eastern clothing. The place they are fighting also looks like a city under attack in the Middle East, with tanks, explosions, and parts of buildings collapsing. An entire city is destroyed, and it is partially shown. Another scene is also a war scene, though it does not have a Middle Eastern feel. A man is put in a cage with a tentacle alien that wraps around his body. A child cries in a war scene. A door is smashed off. Ships are crashed into each other. Several people and a robot die. Death can be by explosion, lightsaber, the force, shooting people, or attacking them with airships. One person holds another person as the latter dies. Despite the amount of violence and death, the only gore shown is in the form of blood, almost always on the head and usually not covering more than two inches. The biggest amount of blood covered the top part of a man’s head and went to his eye. Other than blood, the only injury on people is scuffs on stormtrooper uniforms.

Religious Issues: 2/5 Suggestive: The force is present, but not overpowering or strongly pushed in this movie, as in comparison to other ones. A girl is told to trust the force when she is a child. A man is a monk to the force and says once or twice that the force tells him things. He also says a prayer over and over again that consists of, “The force is with me. I am one with the force.” Another man later says this.

Magic: ½/5 Slight Mention: “Phantom” is used to describe a man’s face once.

Others: None

Overall: 3/5 Teenage Appropriate: Other than the religious issues (which for a Star Wars movie were toned down) the movie is completely recommendable. The violence and intense content causes me to recommend that a person be at least thirteen.

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