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|Originaltitel:||Rogue One – A Star Wars Story|
|Genre:||Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 133 Min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
For "Star Wars" fans a golden era started last December. Once they had to wait many years and even decades for a new adventure from a distant galaxy, now there is a new part of the star saga in the annual rhythm. It is planned to continue the actual story every two years and to bring films in the other years that play in the same universe, but otherwise stand alone. For example, fans can look forward to a film about the adventures of the young Han Solo or jet through space with bounty hunter Boba Fett. But the beginning is now "Rogue One", which takes place shortly before the events from the very first "Star Wars" movie - shortly before Episode IV.
The story is told of a group of rebels who learn that the empire is working on a new super weapon. A brilliant scientist was forced to construct this weapon, called the "Death Star", for the Emperor and his minions. But plagued by his conscience he has built in a small weakness, which only his daughter, the young rebel Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), will recognize as such. If Jyn and her little mercenary troop succeed in getting into possession of the plans of the Death Star, perhaps there would still be a small chance in the fight against the Empire…
Without the familiar fanfare and the familiar "text carpet" at the beginning, "Rogue One" doesn't really look like a typical "Star Wars" movie in the first moments. But director Gareth Edwards ("Monsters", "Godzilla") and the team of writers around Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy have done a real feat. They have created a movie that has just enough "Star Wars" to offer to enchant the fans (towards the end there is a sequence that is just epic for fans of the first hour!), but at the same time it also detaches itself from the common narrative patterns of the saga in order to function as an independent work. This also applies to the music of Michael Giacchino, which is a good mixture of quotations from the John Williams themes and new, independent melodies. On all levels new meets old "Star Wars" feeling - and that is exactly what these independent movies should achieve.
One of the great strengths of "Rogue One" is the visual language. Edwards conjures up some things on the canvas, which will bring an ever widening smile to your face as a fan. Visually, Rogue One is truly beyond doubt. But even the story, which is actually very simple at its core, has some surprises to offer, which enrich the "Star Wars" universe. Moreover, the makers have managed to keep the troops around Jyn and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) from degenerating into one-dimensional clichés. You are feverish with these characters and even if every fan knows the outcome of their mission, the good character drawing helps to keep the tension and emotionality of the story on a very high level until the very end.
There are also some small weaknesses - two characters that are rejuvenated and rejuvenated by CGI see this as an example. but first and foremost "Rogue One" is exactly what you want to see as a fan: There are great space battles, a little humor, an exciting story, great effects (not only created on the computer) and very successful allusions to the classic trilogy. In addition, Edwards, after his production has found its tempo after a somewhat bumpy beginning, leaves enough room for the story and its characters to unfold. "Rogue One" has a lot of effects and action to offer, but it never loses sight of what made the old "Star Wars" movies so successful. In short, this "Star Wars Story" is a celebration for fans, a thrilling space adventure with many highlights and a great consistent finale. Absolutely worth seeing!!!!
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