All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star. Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success.
Hyperbole aside, this film’s finale is the crowning glory of one of the best films of 2016. Period. The ending alone is worth the price of admission. The film as a whole is like a puzzle piece missing from an almost complete jigsaw with one space left for it- it fits into the Star Wars mythology seamlessly.
The film presents a roster of interesting characters that are banded together as part of the Rebellion to stop the rise of the Empire before all hope is lost.
Jyn Erso, our main protagonist is daughter of the talented Engineer, Galen Erso who is called upon to build a weapon of incredible destruction.
The premise is simple, if the rebels can get the plans back from the Empire then they have a fighting chance. It’s not the plot necessarily that’s so great about this movie, but the characters journey to attempt achieving that goal.
This is story about characters, the sorrows of war and how far people will go to have their freedom. It’s a fantastic expositional feast that shows rather than tells and this is how we feel and form connections with the characters because we’ve been on the journey with them. This in turn makes the stakes even higher.
This is a very human story told within the shell of a science fictional universe and the power of the story. The cast can’t be praised higher. Several moments are emotionally charged and pulls you into the centre of the conflict playing out.
This is why when the final act takes place, it’s exhilarating, emotional, suspenseful, tense and action packed, the entire film, benefiting from impeccable pacing and a script that didn’t waste time with diologue-heavy exposition, a flaw it’s predecessors have been guilty of every now and then.
This film’s special effects are faultless and clever-set locations blending convincingly with CGI. Speaking of CGI, the CGI people in the film are so very well done, I won’t spoil it by saying who these ‘people’ are.
The soundtrack is very well done, a departure from John Williams but comfortably within the realm of Star Wars. It does what a soundtrack needs to do -adding to intensity and heightening emotional moments.
This film all in all is incredibly rewatchable which is perfect since it’s designed to slot into a series and answer an incredible question Star Wars fans have been asking for years; why does the Death Star have a thermal exhaust port?
Best Film 2016 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐🏆🙌