'Rogue One' review: Street-level Star WarsThe familiar faces and spaceships are as thrilling as ever as the first Star Wars spin-off glimpses life under the heel of the Empire.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a movie called Star Wars. What we didn't know until now is that around the back of Star Wars, just out of sight, another movie was playing out. That movie was Rogue One. [UNKNOWN] [MUSIC] Save yourself. Save the dream. [MUSIC] Rogue One, the first Star Wars spinoff, takes us to a host of new worlds and introduces us to a bunch of new faces. But it's intertwined with the saga we know. And if these previously unknown minor characters and bit part players do their bit against the evil empire. Stealing the plan for the dreaded Death Star. And we all know how that turned out. The ragtag band of new characters, led by plucky Felicity Jones, includes the hilarious Alan Tudyk as straight-talking droid K-2SO and a [UNKNOWN] Donnie Yen as a warrior monk with a touch of the Jedi about him. Together they take on Ben Mendelsohn's ambitious imperial bureaucrat in a gritty, dusk-streaked tale that largely takes place at street level Somewhere around the corner from the original movies, as rogue one rubs off against a new hope we do meet a few old faces, some of wich work better than others but its pretty liberating to watch a blockbuster in which you know there's no sequels or franchises or civil wars to come and so you genuinely don't know which characters are going to make it Despite knowing roughly how it's all going to turn out, that [INAUDIBLE] to be had. Director Garreth Edwards dived into the classic Star Wars toy box for eye-popping, pulse-pounding that dialed the classic theories up to 11. The climax is electrifying, proving you don't need Skywalkers to tell a spectacular Star Wars story. Facing the dark side at street level, Rogue One is a force to be reckoned with. [MUSIC]